Ex-UGA recruit Zack Witchett, who had his scholarship revoked by the Bulldogs less than a month ago, was hoping for happy ending with another Div. I FBS school.
Unfortunately for Witchett, he’ll have to wait at least another two years for that possibility.
The Booker T. Washington two-way athlete signed with Hinds (Miss.) Junior College on Wednesday.
“He’s disappointed it didn’t work out with Georgia and then some other D1 school after that … but life goes on,” Washington coach Stanley Pritchett said. “Zack has got to move on and work hard. Hopefully, he can get back to that D1 level in a couple of years.”
Less than a month ago, Witchett thought he was headed to Georgia, the school he committed to last summer. However, UGA assistant Tony Ball called Witchett and his coach on Jan. 5 to inform him that the football scholarship was being revoked due to off-the-field issues. That was the last contact with Georgia.
Pritchett said was he surprised by the timing of UGA’s decision, less than a month away from signing date. Prichett declined into the specific details about UGA’s concerns due to privacy laws, but said he was unaware of any new issues involving Witchett since November.
When word first got out about UGA’s decision, Pritchett was contacted by several big-time programs, including Miami, South Florida and South Carolina. Memphis initially invited Witchett for an official visit this past weekend but canceled it because they ran out of scholarships.
On Wednesday, Witchett picked Hinds over his only other offer, South Carolina State.
“He still wants to go D1 and he didn’t have any other options that he liked,” Pritchett said. “He wants to go to JC and then work his way back up a D1 school.”
Pritchett, the former South Carolina and NFL running back, said his alma mater is one of several FBS schools that will be watching Witchett over the next two seasons.
“The whole thing has been tough on the kid and he’s had to swallow a lot of pride,” Pritchett said. “I hope it will work out for him.”