Zach DeBell received an official scholarship offer from the University of Georgia on Tuesday morning, then two more from Virginia and West Virginia that afternoon.
His response? “Skadoosh!”
Seriously, that’s what he said.
For the non-indoctrinated, that’s something a very pleased Kung Fu Panda says in the animated movie of the same name. I know because I had to ask.
The point is, DeBell is a very happy camper these days and, in terms of recruiting, has come a long way from where he was at the turn of the New Year.
“In January, I had like three [offers],” DeBell said. “They just started pouring in lately.”
For those keeping count — and DeBell is — that’s 23 offers for the 6-foot-7, 265-pound offensive tackle from Tarpon Springs, Fla.
The Bulldogs’ offer is DeBell’s second out of the Peach State. Georgia Tech offered him shortly after he visited the campus during a spring break tour of colleges with his father in late March.
He also hit UGA, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina and Miami during that week-long excursion. Now he has offers from all of them.
DeBell credits that trip for a lot of the attention he is receiving now.
“I definitely think it helped get my name out there,” he said. “I actually had one coach say to me, ‘we didn’t want to be the only one not offer.”
So far at least, Florida, Florida State and Miami have not. But DeBell is hearing the Gators may be close.
As for Georgia, DeBell said he definitely likes what he sees and wants to see more. He plans on attending the Bulldogs’ June 12th camp.
“I think they’re pretty high up there,” DeBell said. “It’s not too far away from home, plus it’s a beautiful campus. I actually didn’t get to spend a lot of time there so I’m looking forward to coming back.”
Asked if he had any Georgia connections, DeBell mentioned Tampa-Plant 5-star prospect James Wilder Jr., who’s also being recruited by the Bulldogs.
“He’s a great guy and we’ve gotten to be pretty good friends,” DeBell said. “I call him Cheeseburger Eddy. I think he looks just like that guy in The Longest Yard.’”
If you’re starting to get the idea DeBell watches a lot of movies, you’d be right.
“I’ve seen probably every zombie movie ever made,” he said. “That’s why I have short hair. If you have long hair or a mullet they’ll grab it from behind.”
KUNG FU PANDA COINS A PHRASE . . .
THIS IS ‘CHEESEBURGER EDDY, NOT JAMES WILDER JR. . . . .
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