Football recruiting: Ex-UGA recruit Zack Witchett hears from Miami Hurricanes, South Florida

Miami and South Florida are some of the schools that have expressed heavy interest in Zack Witchett, who had his UGA football scholarship recently revoked after being committed to the Bulldogs last summer.

Georgia withdrew Witchett’s scholarship offer on Jan. 5 — less than a month away from signing day — due to undisclosed off-the-the-field issues. (Click here for more details)

“Zack was upset about not going to Georgia, but I think he’s moved on,” said Booker T. Washington coach Stanley Pritchett. “He’s able to move on because other schools have called since [they heard the news]. He’s really encouraged about his situation.”

Witchett, who is being recruited at both wide receiver and cornerback, returned from an official visit to South Carolina State on Sunday. South Florida and Appalachian State are among the many other schools that have called, and Pritchett expects more when classes start back on Tuesday.

Miami assistant Micheal Barrow met with Pritchett to review film and the surrounding circumstances, and said the Hurricanes want to schedule an official visit within the next couple of weeks.

“Miami wants to bring him down, really get to know the kid, and then decide about a scholarship offer,” Pritchett said.

“I think Zack’s situation will have a happy ending. It won’t be at Georgia, but it will be somewhere.”

26 comments Add your comment

nash

January 16th, 2011
11:25 pm

Good luck in the future young man. I hope you have a bright and, productive future where ever you go.

SOUTHwest Atl

January 17th, 2011
1:04 am

Be nice if Auburn offered!

WrecksNEffect aka Ol' Wrecks

January 17th, 2011
1:45 am

Keep ya’ head up Zack, don’t let those teenage mistakes ever pop up again, you can get a Free Education at worst, at best you’ll get a shot at the best job any 22-y/o can have, a roster spot in the NFL.

A lot is riding on how you behave away from the field and in the classroom, always think about everything you have to lose and compare that against the “temporary enjoyment” of what ever might get you in trouble.

I’m pulling for you and hoping that you’ll get another good D1-A Scholly.

Zack, have your HS FB Coach call George O’Leary down at UCF, they’re doing great things down there and have great facilities, also Klimpson has done well in the past with Metro Atlanta kids so you might want to give them a call.

Once again, good luck!

aarh

January 17th, 2011
1:53 am

I guess he would fit in at AU w/ all the thugs. Rumor has it that they’re down 1 thugh (fairley), & need to replace him.

Coach

January 17th, 2011
2:34 am

ARE YOU SERIOUS! Sounds to me like maybe the coach is looking out for himself and throwing the kid under the bus. I have never been around any seasoned Head Coaches and they disclosed this kind of information to the press about a High School kid. If my kid was playing in this program, this would be enough for me to be at the registrar’s office the next day of school, and withdraw my kid from this program. Guarantee this type of information wouldn’t have been disclosed under Rodney Cofield’s watch. You can’t say these things in the press about your players. I personally know this kid. Hang in there Zack, bet you wish Coach Cofield was still there.

Ted Striker

January 17th, 2011
8:19 am

Coach @2:34 am — To an outsider, it’s quite unclear what you are talking about when you get into the topic of someone/anyone throwing someone/anyone under a bus.

Maybe that’s because there is no bus.

p.s. If you want to know whether Zack Witchett as a problem with Stanley Pritchett’s efforts and support on his behalf, just ask the kid. The issue you think he has may be a lot like the bus…not there.

GACANE

January 17th, 2011
8:21 am

COME TO THE []_[]! THE PIPELINE TO THE NFL… SOUTH BEACH IS BETTER THEN BUCKHEAD ANYDAY!

RomeDawg

January 17th, 2011
8:49 am

I believe everyone is pulling for this young man to put aside any mistakes from the past and have a productive college career as a student and football player. Good luck!!!

New Recruit: CB/WR Zack Witchett

January 17th, 2011
9:34 am

THE MAJOR

January 17th, 2011
10:08 am

All the thugs in Auburn? For a UGA fan to ever talk about thugs, please…. Oh my bad, UGA only has thigs off the field.

Please remember UGA had 7 personal foul penalties in the Auburn game and came into the game wanting to fight. Even CBS said Mark satarted the chippiness. What UGA fans are upset about is UGA came into the Auburn game wanting a fight and left with their butts kicked.

THE MAJOR

January 17th, 2011
10:10 am

Oh BTW, Good luck Zack, UGA did you wrong. You will be better off not in Athens.

FBR

January 17th, 2011
10:19 am

MAJOR–This kid broke the law and UGA pulled their offer—-I’m not a Dawg fan, but “UGA did this kid wrong?” You’ve got to be a moron to think that way. The people who are doing him and their fans an injustice are the people who will still sign him.

THE MAJOR IDIOT

January 17th, 2011
11:05 am

Maybe AU will sign him now that the THUGS are gone!!! No one hears about the AU off the field problems because it’s hard to get in trouble in a COW pasture!!!

dekalb fan

January 17th, 2011
11:21 am

What exactly did the kid do to result in UGA pulling their offer?

Michael Carvell

January 17th, 2011
11:22 am

@DeKalb Fab, Booker T. Washington coach Stanley Pritchett said it had to do with off-the-field issues. He declined to go into more details, citing privacy laws. However, we do know that Zack Witchett was suspended for three games in October for violating undisclosed team rules. UGA can’t comment on prospective student-athletes due to NCAA rules. UGA could say something after Zack signs with another school but that is highly unlikely.

Well

January 17th, 2011
11:30 am

Still waiting on the appology Michael. Time to eat some crow.

Zone3canE

January 17th, 2011
12:12 pm

Zack, it’s all about THE U!!

Dawg in DC

January 17th, 2011
12:47 pm

Carvell,

I don’t post here ever, but would love to hear your response. What do you expect UGA to do? We have been blasted about the record of our players. Hammered when the majority are minor offenses (speeding tickets, etc). This kid is young and immature and we were probably hoping that it would work out. Richt margin for error is obviously small and if this kid got on campus and was another Dowtin or King then you guys HERE would torch him, torch him for taking a kid who clear had problems at the high school level. Richt normally would be willing to take a kid that might have a sketchy past and try to rebuild him (sometimes it works, sometimes not). Clearly, he can not do this right now and it is better to just part ways. I think the bowl game made things even tighter. What would you suggest? Or is this just a good way to get us Dawgs riled up to read an otherwise lightly view blog thread?

Michael Carvell

January 17th, 2011
12:49 pm

@Dawgs in DC, thank you for posting. What did I expect UGA to do? I always expect UGA (and ANY college football team) to make the best recruiting decisions for their programs, even if it may or may not be harsh to the committed kid. After all, it’s the college coach’s job on the line, and tough decisions have to be made. It’s not an easy task.

With UGA not commenting due to NCAA rules, I have to go by the information provided by Zack’s high school coach, who has always been a credible source to me. Stanley Pritchett said UGA was made aware of the three-game suspension for team violations in October and that UGA expressed concerns over some other undisclosed off-the-field issues in November (Pritchett said it was at this time — November — when UGA mentioned once or twice that Witchett’s actions could jeopardize his offer). However, Pritchett also said that he was unaware of any “new” issues with Zack since November, hence his surprise over the on Jan. 5 timing of UGA’s scholarship withdrawal.

I do feel that this type of situation could’ve been handled a little better. I think it’s the head coach’s responsibility of ANY college to be involved in some way with communications when revoking the scholarship of any committed recruit.

As far as the timing of the scholarship withdrawal, it is always big news when it happens so close to signing date with a longtime commitment. With Pritchett saying he was unaware of any “new” issues since November, could UGA have made “the call” in late November or December? That would’ve given Zack more time to find a new home. In UGA’s defense, and with Zack’s self-proclaimed love for the Bulldogs, maybe both sides were being patient to see how things would progress? Maybe UGA heard new opinions about Zack from other people, opposing coaches, etc., that forced the final call? Maybe UGA simply found an equal or better prospect who did not have off-the-field issues and decided it was time to go in a different direction?

Back to the bottom line: No matter what the surrounding circumstances are with this type of situation, every college coach has to make what they feel are the best decisions for programs, as their jobs are always at risk.

bitter dawg fan

January 17th, 2011
3:13 pm

pago—eat a biscuit

bob

January 17th, 2011
3:37 pm

Hopefully this shows that the Dawgs are screening recruits finally.

Don Draper

January 17th, 2011
4:05 pm

Michael — You report on what the kid’s coach says, but fair-minded observers recognize there is another perspective and perhaps more facts that guide their position, which should preclude you from just assuming the worst. That is what journalist should do, or they can just hear half the story and make ill-unformed editorial comments, which is what you chose to do.

Michael Carvell

January 17th, 2011
4:28 pm

@Don Draper, thanks your post. As far as the “other perspective” — again, college coaches are not permitted to comment on prospective student-athletes, per NCAA rules. I thought Coach Stanley Pritchett did a respectable job of relaying what UGA’s coaches told him to provide a reasonable amount of insight on the situation.

BIG BEE

January 17th, 2011
6:35 pm

THE MAJOR, wrong again Major. UGA didn’t do ZACK wrong, Zack did Zack wrong.

Viva GwinneXico

January 17th, 2011
9:13 pm

Hey Michael,

Don’t feel bad, you’re just joining the club with so called journalists on here. You want to jump onto anything negative as soon as you get one side of the story. Here’s an idea, why not just be objective instead of adding your bias onto the article. Good job on that.

You know what would have happened if this kid did make it to Athens and got in trouble. You would see Bradley and Schultz posting articles about letting a troubled kid in your program, etc. Richt will never win with any of you guys. Dam*ed if you do, dam*ed if you don’t.

Keep up the great journalism.

SouthATL "98"

January 17th, 2011
10:10 pm

UGAY made a mistake by not keeping this guy..Everything that happened with the football players on that team and u pass on a inner city kid cuz somethang that has nothang to do with u clowns!! Hope he go’s somewhere else and win a title.. somethang UGAY will never get back to…”80″ wow