May 22, 2010

Is Witchett getting close to a decision?

JEFFERSON - Washington High's Zach Witchett picked up his second SEC offer almost two weeks ago, but it's the home-state school with conference ties that offers the most appeal.

"It's Georgia, South Carolina and Maryland, in that order," the 6-foot-, 185-pound wide receiver said. "The other two are Tennessee and Ole Miss, with Mississippi State and Alabama showing some interest, too."

But unlike the Bulldogs and Gamecocks, the four previously mentioned schools have yet to come through with an offer.

They might want to get on the stick.

The Atlanta native has six total offers thus far, but that list is expected to grow in the coming months. That is, if the speedster hasn't made a decision by then.

Although Witchett has said he might wait until later this summer, or later to make a commitment, UGASports has learned that the wideout with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash might move up his choice if his comfort level is there.

Georgia already has commitments from two wide receivers - North Paulding's Christian Conley and Mitchell County's Justin Scott-Wesley.

Bulldog head coach Mark Richt has indicated that Georgia will attempt to sign four receivers for the Class of 2011, a fact Witchett said he's quite aware of.

"Every time I've been to Athens I've felt like I'm at home," Witchett said. "I feel I'm bonding with the coaches, plus the fact that they're probably going to lose A.J. (Green) and Kris Durham, I feel I'd have a good chance to come in and compete for a starting spot."

Witchett is one of the players Bulldog coaches have asked to be part of their "Dream Team" of recruits.

"I love that idea. It made me feel special and important," Witchett said. "I think it's a great idea."

Washington High has been good to the Bulldogs in recent years.

Former safety Reshad Jones hails from the school, while rising sophomore Branden Smith is also an alum of the school.

Witchett and Smith know each other well.

"Oh yeah, we talk a lot," Witchett said. "He was up the school the other day working out, and he was telling me what it was going to be like once I get to college. He just told me to go with my heart, but to take all my visits and enjoy the recruiting process because it's something you only get to go through once."

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