June 12, 2010

DeBell keeps it loose at camp

Zach DeBell joked that he did his best to keep the mood light during the competition phase of Saturday's Mark Richt Camp.

Yes, the pressure was on, as prospective recruits from across the Southeast put on their collective game faces while trying to impress Georgia coaches who were busy putting them through their respective paces.

DeBell, meanwhile, got a kick out of what he was seeing.

"Man, it was a lot of fun," DeBell said in a telephone interview Saturday night with UGASports. "I might have been the only one smiling. Everyone else was looking like they were all pissed, but I was like 'Hey, loosen up. What's up?'"

Granted, the 6-foot-7, 270-pounder already had his scholarship offer in hand, one of 23 total for the offensive tackle from Tarpon Springs, Fla.

This weekend's trip to Athens, DeBell's second thus far, afforded the affable 16-year-old to check out Georgia's athletic and academic facilities, along with the expansion at Butts-Mehre.

There was also a trip to Sanford Stadium, where DeBell said he took great in interest in the vault where Georgia's line of Uga mascots is interred.

"All the dogs are buried right there at the stadium," DeBell said. "I didn't know that until I did some research on the way up. I thought that was pretty cool."

Apparently, the Bulldogs are pretty cool, too.

"It (the visit) put Georgia pretty high up there," DeBell said. "It was a really a lot of fun. Now, it's up to me to make an educated guess or choice of what I want to do."

As far as a timetable, DeBell said he'll likely make his final decision before the start of his senior, although he and his family will certainly talk about their choices during their ride back to Florida from Tennessee Sunday afternoon.

DeBell said mark Georgia down as one of his five official visits later this fall.

"I'm definitely going to try and make it," said DeBell, who has also been invited to Georgia's annual Gala at the end of the year. "I'm definitely going to be doing more research."

A four-star recruit, DeBell counts Tennessee, South Carolina, UCLA and Georgia Tech among his 23 offers, although surprisingly has none Florida, Florida State or Miami.

"I really don't know why the three big schools (in Florida) haven't offered made me an offer," DeBell said. "I have talked to Miami, but they found out about me late in the game and by the time they got to me they had already offered too many people. The coaches said they'd like to offer, but they already had too many offers out there."

DeBell said he isn't bitter.

"Not exactly, simply because I've got some pretty good choices out there right now," he said. "If one of the state schools offered, I'd think about it. I've gotten some hand-written letters from Coach (Dan) McCarney at Florida lately and I hope to go there to Friday Night Lights."

But DeBell made it clear he liked his conversation with Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels.

"He thought I played well (at camp)," DeBell said. "He loves my speed, my quickness, my balance. It was really great to see him. Like I said, I had a great time."

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