Ex-UGA recruit Zack Witchett signs with Hinds Junior College (UPDATED)

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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.”

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Hornet's Nest

February 2nd, 2011
8:51 am

Good luck kid..let this be a lesson and move on.

What happens to the rest

February 2nd, 2011
9:10 am

Zach, remember that you control your destiny by your thoughts, your actions and what you speak about your future. You can still be what you are destined to be. Just add this to the story that you will hopefully come back and tell other aspiring high school graduates one day.

Ted Striker

February 2nd, 2011
9:16 am

Good luck to him. Hope he concentrates on his education and makes the most of this opportunity. This can work out well for him.


February 2nd, 2011
9:17 am

Good luck son..Work hard and it will benefit you in Football and Life.


February 2nd, 2011
9:31 am

Privacy laws? Those laws are there to protect his privacy, not Georgia’s. He could comment on the off-field issues if he chose to.

D A Double U G

February 2nd, 2011
9:39 am

Best of luck Zach. You will be Div I in no time if you stay out of trouble.

Keep your head up.


February 2nd, 2011
9:43 am

Zack, you will probalbly look back on thesae two years and say that they were the best two years of your life. Less stress, more playing opportunities, easier to find study time, small school atmosphere, …. Hope it all works out well for you! Maybe you’ll still be a Bulldog or Jacket?

Bulldog Fan

February 4th, 2011
10:35 am

Coach Pritchett is a good coach and a great man. He has plenty of talent in his 2012 class in particular rising senior Michael Robinson #55 OL/DL. He will be a four year starter this year and is projected to play Linebacker in college. He arrived at Washington in the same year with coach Stanley Pritchett. He’s a quick and hard nosed smart player who is very active around the ball and is constantly doubled team. He is student athlete with a 3.4 GPA also.

Southside Scout

February 4th, 2011
10:47 am

You are right Bulldog fan, I saw #55 play against Grady and St. Pius. He is a very dominant player who plays huge in big games. I didn’t know his name was Michael Robinson until I kept hearing people in the stands talking about him. I believe he could be considered one of the best players in the state, I will definitely be watching him this year. Coach Pritchett has a stud on his hands in Michael Robinson.

Atlanta Scout

February 5th, 2011
9:13 pm

Yes, I remember him also. He played B-team Basketball. He should be a Good College prospect. He certainly has size , ability and the experience to dominate in his senior season at Washington High.


February 6th, 2011
9:08 pm

Glad to see UGA being proactive. Hopefully it can work out for him in two years if he works hard to make it happen

hind tit

February 6th, 2011
11:18 pm

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