June 4, 2010

Witchett is a Georgia man

ATLANTA - In the end, Zach Witchett decided it made no sense to wait any longer.

With that, the wide receiver from Washington High made it official, announcing Friday that he was committing to Georgia.

The 6-foot, 185-pounder becomes Georgia's 10th verbal commitment thus far.

"I just bonded with the coaches, I know a few players, and every time I go down there I just feel like I am at home. I am a Georgia boy; I do not want to leave home," Witchett said. "I just feel the love every time I go down there."

The state's 28th-ranked player in the UGASports.com Top 75, Witchett becomes the third wide receiver to commit to the Bulldogs, joining North Paulding's Chris Conley and Mitchell County's Justin Scott-Wesley.

Witchett also continues the Washington High tradition at Georgia, joining former Bulldog Reshad Jones and current sophomore Branden Smith.

"It feels really good to be that next Washington player to commit to Georgia," Witchett said. "There is just a connection going on with us down there right there. Even if Washington players did not go there I would still go there though because it is my dream school."

Because of that, Witchett laughed that he saw no reason to delay his announcement any longer.

"They were my dream school, so I already knew where I wanted to go from the get go," Witchett said. "I was just going to wait for a little while. But now I feel I need to go ahead and make my decision."

Witchett chose the Bulldogs over South Carolina and Maryland. He also held offers from West Virginia, Minnesota and Toledo.

Witchett actually gave Georgia coaches the good news following last month's state track meet in Jefferson.

"I called them at the state track meet after Justin Scott-Wesley committed," Witchett said. "They kept asking me when I was going to commit too, and I told them I would when my team came up for the 7-on-7 in Athens. They were excited and I think they had already had that planned for me before I told them."

Witchett said that he's already been in contact with some of his future teammates.

"I got a message from Christian LeMay asking me when I was going to commit. He then asked me if I was going to be at the Georgia camp on June 12th so he could get to know me better," Witchett said. "I already know Justin and Chris Conley, we talk about things on Facebook a lot."

Witchett likes the way Georgia's "Dream Team" class is shaping up. He also thinks it will get even better.

"I think this is going to be a great class. We have a lot of great athletes, good players who are going to come in and make a major impact," he said. "We are already getting along well, every time we are at a camp or event we are hanging around each other and getting to know each other better."

He plans on doing a little recruiting himself.

"I am going to try and get on Damian Swann and Isaiah Crowell," Witchett said. "I will try to get it in their head that there is no love like the Georgia love, so stay home."

Witchett said Georgia's aggressiveness when it comes to recruiting instate players like himself hasn't been lost on recruits like himself.

It's actually made quite the impression.

"They are hitting Georgia hard and they are determined to get the in state kids," he said. "They are hustling and I feel it is really special how they want the top in state kids first."

He sees no reason he can't come in and make an early impact.


The Bulldogs will lose senior Kris Durham, and possible junior star A.J. Green to the NFL Draft, which if that scenario occurred, would mean youngsters like Witchett will have an opportunity for some early PT.

"I can come in and be explosive, be that deep threat who can go up and get the ball or go across the middle," Witchett said. "I am not saying I will be the next A.J. Green, but I can be in that next group of guys who are great playmakers."

He's only sorry that he has to wait another year before enrolling in school.

"My folks told me if I knew in my heart where I wanted to go, to just go ahead and do it," Witchett said. "My mom wanted me to get it out of the way so I can focus on my senior season and my school work. It feels really good to be committed to the University of Georgia. Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog."

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