Notre Dame latest to offer LT Zach DeBell; UGA among faves

zachDeBellGeorgia Tech and UGA target Zach DeBell, once a relative unknown commodity in recruiting, is anything but these days.

The 6-foot-7, 265-pound offensive tackle from Tarpon Springs, Fla., just roped in offer number 24 this past weekend. This one came from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

DeBell adds that tender to a list that includes most of the Southeast, excluding the big three in his home state, Florida, Florida State and Miami. And they are all acutely aware of DeBell, so it’s probably just a matter of time before one or all pulls the trigger.

But the outspoken and gregarious DeBell is not worried right now about who hasn’t offered. He was just excited to know that Notre Dame could be an option, especially considering he has never visited or camped there.

“I guess they’ve just heard about me through the grapevine during recruiting,” said DeBell, who attended a South Florida camp this past weekend. “My basketball coach, Coach [Jerry] Woodka, went there. And they’ve been recruiting our quarterback, Louis Pappas. There’s a lot of video and stuff on me now so I guess they just like what they’ve seen.”

Apparently DeBell likes what he’s seen of the Irish, too. He now lists them among the schools in which he has the most interest so far. Although he was careful to say “it’s not really a top five” and is subject to change, DeBell said Notre Dame joins Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss and UCLA among the schools that most intrigue him to this point.

The Bulldogs moved up in DeBell’s eyes — and vice versa — after he attended the Mark Richt Camp in Athens on June 12th. The quick-footed DeBell, who projects as a left tackle and favors a pro-style system, was extremely impressive in pass-protection drills that day. Georgia, of course, is in need of left tackles and hopes to add at least one to the Class of 2011.

The Bulldogs already have commitments from three offensive linemen for 2011 in C David Andrews (6-3, 290) T Watts Dantzler (6-7, 330) and C/G Hunter Long (6-3, 293). But none of them are prototypical left tackles.

In addition to DeBell, Georgia has offers out for Antonio Richardson (6-6, 310) of Nashville, Tenn.; Brandon Shell (6-7, 290) of Goose Creek, S.C.; and Xzavier Ward (6-7, 255) of Colquitt County.

DeBell first came on Georgia and Tech’s radar when he visited each school during a spring break tour of Southeast schools with his father back in March. Tech offered not long after. Georgia stepped forward in late May.

Nevertheless, DeBell’s recruitment is far from reaching a conclusion. He said he probably won’t make a decision until he has taken his five official visits this fall.

Here’s the latest video on DeBell and two other O-line commitments from the Mark Richt Camp on June 12th, courtesy of

Following are some video highlights of DeBell from the state playoffs this past season. You can find more videos and information on his website at

69 comments Add your comment


June 27th, 2010
2:31 pm

We’ll take him.


June 27th, 2010
2:38 pm


destin dawg

June 27th, 2010
2:58 pm

Come to Athens…greatest college town in USA.. UGA has new coaches.. improved attitude.. watch for good results this year… Richt.. go get that Oleary young man from West Palm !!!!!

Dawg Fan

June 27th, 2010
3:01 pm

Zack I hope to see you wearing the Red & Black.

Old Gold

June 27th, 2010
3:02 pm

If he is smart he will go to GT otherwise he is a dog.

Recruits and fanfare

June 27th, 2010
3:10 pm

The quick-footed DeBell, who projects as a left tackle and favors a pro-style system

If this is true…no chance for Tech.


June 27th, 2010
3:23 pm

Pro style does not equal GT. High School attendance does equal GT. Perhaps he will go to Notre Dame and really enjoy those big victories over Navy and Army.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

June 27th, 2010
3:27 pm

Old Gold— Don’t you know that only losers, fat RB’s, big-boobied coaches, and terrorists attend Gt, right?

Camden Mark

June 27th, 2010
3:31 pm

Looks like he plays with a bit of an attitude and aggression.
We’ll take ‘em in a second

19th Hole Dawg

June 27th, 2010
3:35 pm

Not sure if we land him at UGA. Looks to be a very good prospect though. UGA is in the running for some elite talent at OL. We’ll get a couple of the prospects listed in the article.

I do know this: Ga Tech is a second rate program and will have a very difficult time competing with the other programs that are offering DeBell. There are some football powerhouses after this prospect, including UGA. Good luck, Yellow Fuzz.

Bull Gator

June 27th, 2010
3:39 pm

Looks like a big stiff lineman to me. There is a reason UF has NOT offered him – and there is a reason UGA has offered him. In other words we can recruit the top athletes and not have to settle for lesser talented kids. Also this is a great example of why we keep beating UGA basically every year – better talent and better coaching = Gator Victory! Suck it Dawgies!! Ya’ll will never learn – LOL!!


June 27th, 2010
3:46 pm

Everything I read and seen about this kid shows he is a high character and talented student-athlete. It sounds like he has plenty of good options, but I hope to see him wearing red & black. Ward and Debell would be a great way to round out the o-line for this class. Good luck to the kid wherever he chooses to go. GO DAWGS!

By the way Chip…any updates on the re-recruitment of former ECI player Dexter Moody?


June 27th, 2010
4:17 pm

Zach just dominated the competition at camp. Hope to see him come to Dawg Night. Would also like to see him become a Dawg.

one tech fan not drinking the Kool aid

June 27th, 2010
5:10 pm

prefers a pro style offense , pretty much leaves us out of the picture.


June 27th, 2010
5:11 pm

19th Hole Dawg:

UGA is a second rate/tier program in the SEC. 3 SEC schools have mutiple national titles in the past 20 years. UGA is not one of them.

Notre Dame has more tradition and national prestige than UGA could ever imagine. I know, next year is UGA’s year, right?

See you in Jacksonville for your annual spanking…

Sioux Brave

June 27th, 2010
5:34 pm

ddpo what is ND record in the last 10 yrs., in bowl games. I forget please refresh my memory


June 27th, 2010
5:38 pm

Looks like a big tough kid.SEC is the top conferance in the nation. However he will have more class if he choses Notre Dame. I know that ticks off the JAWJA people, but the truth hurts don’t it mutts. Now go lay down in the shade and lick yourselves.


June 27th, 2010
5:46 pm

Gator Fans, try to have some class! Good luck to the gators!


June 27th, 2010
5:46 pm

I thought this was a UGA Bulldog blog. Does UF Gators not have a blog?


June 27th, 2010
5:47 pm

I guess it’s just too challenging to ask some people to keep it civil when posting. Never understood the why the name calling?

just the truth

June 27th, 2010
5:55 pm

I guess you have to be about 12 years old or under schooled to post here. Why can’t people just post about the young man and ask him to come to your favorite school without the negative connotations against another school.


June 27th, 2010
5:56 pm

ITS AN AJC BLOG. If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Surely you dawg people don’t beleive all dawg fans are civil and godly.


June 27th, 2010
5:58 pm

class and gaytors in the same sentence? that never happens. they did invent JORTS people. hey moron bull gaytor, debell is a 4 star. your a f______ idiot. next time you have a thought let it go.

Jake 7

June 27th, 2010
5:58 pm

Bull Gator… guys have HAD a great run…But you COACH is IN cardiac arrest cause TEBOW is NO longer a LEGEND! YOU have been in FAT city cause of YOUR talent pool but TIMES will be a CHANGING. The quality of OUR coaching staff will BE the difference !! Sooooo get OFF your high GATOR and TAKE A HIKE !!!!


June 27th, 2010
6:04 pm

Y’all is spelled like this, not ya’ll. I am not from the south but when people can’t spell one of the most commonly used words in the south it annoys me.

What will you say when UF does offer? They will.

GT man

June 27th, 2010
6:29 pm

He’s a top rate, we wont get him, has to be somebody deciding between MTSU, East Carolina, Wofford or GT. Thats generally the ones we get


June 27th, 2010
6:32 pm

FUNNY DDPO: We have MORE NATIONAL TITLES THAN YOU, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

destin dawg

June 27th, 2010
6:34 pm

Gators…. FSU will beat you… this is Ga. newspaper…. Get a life .. Tebow is gone.. Charlie Strong is gone and good luck to him !!! Urban Meyer beats up his kids…. Tebow.. concussion… shoulder separation… he wore out Percy Harvin…. Chest pains coming on ???!!!!!


June 27th, 2010
7:20 pm

Actaually, #77 was more inpressive than DeBell in the youtube video.

Actaually, #77 was more inpressive than DeBell in the youtube video.

Actaually, #77 was more inpressive than DeBell in the youtube video.


June 27th, 2010
8:01 pm

This is for the DA gator fans (think, and then smile) on this blog. If you had read the information in the story, you would know FLA, MIA and FSU have offered this kid. Learn to read, idiots!

jacket love

June 27th, 2010
8:14 pm

Come to the hood in Atlanta. We will give you all the southern asian food you want to eat and have the best math classes in the country. Free video games, lots of chess and an outstanding 10 – 1 ratio of guys to girls.


June 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

UGAgrad71, if you had a dictionary excludes means to have not offered, which none of the big schools in Florida have. Learn to read!

Eat and Tweet

June 27th, 2010
9:30 pm

Now this is the type of player UGA needs. Lean and mean. This guy is a stud and not a dough boy like the other UGA recruits.


June 27th, 2010
9:53 pm

Very impressive . Debell stays under control with good technique and a little mean streak. Go Dawgs !


June 27th, 2010
10:01 pm

DDPO: Tradition and national prestige do not count on the scoreboard. Moby Dick was just a minnow when ND last dominated college football.


June 27th, 2010
10:02 pm

UGAgrad71 = typical Georgia fan base.


June 27th, 2010
10:17 pm

That’s ok Brainiac, UGA has never dominated college football.

I think your analogy speaks to your personal preferences…


June 27th, 2010
11:11 pm

Bull Gator – I hope Zack reads your arrogant comments and realizes what pricks some of you GaeTor fans are. Bama cleaned your clock and will do it again this year and so will UGA. Book it here – Florida loses 3 and a bowl game. Probably ranked around 19 or 20 at the end of the season.

Gravy Train

June 27th, 2010
11:58 pm

Man there was a lot of talent at CMR’s camp. How many are leaning towards UGA? There were a few all-state caliber guys, however, some of those kids look like grown men with all-world talent. I would be thrilled if my son gets to play QB for UGA and CMR someday. All of the naysayers can talk of sinking ships, but CMR is about championships. Looks like the boys at the camp agree as well. Recruit, coach, condition, mentor.

Red Dog 77

June 28th, 2010
1:15 am

Bulldog Nation :……….No worries here my fine furry friends ! If not Zach DeBell, I will assure you UGA will end up with at least two, mabe three big ol good-uns capable of playing a mean pro-style LT for us………..The pool of linemen is huge, but something tells me DeBell will be wearing those silver britches with the RED helmet proudly displaying that big ol BLACK “G”……..GO DOGS………………SIC’ ‘EM WOOF……..WOOF……..WOOF !!!!!!!

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Notso Fast

June 28th, 2010
6:06 am

WOW… You have got to love those DAWG fans. To get this exited over 1 marginal prospect. College football….nothing better.


June 28th, 2010
6:58 am

BullGator.. Stay classy.


June 28th, 2010
7:11 am

Bull GaeTor never was “classy” so he can’t stay classy – go crawl back to the slime from which you came.


June 28th, 2010
8:47 am

It will be interesting to see where DeBell goes to school. Stay tuned.


June 28th, 2010
8:48 am

“But none are prototypical left tackles.”

Could someone explain just ecactly what that means.


June 28th, 2010
9:10 am

edit: exactly*

Dr. Nick

June 28th, 2010
9:25 am

Would love to have him at GT and if he is at all interested in academics,he would be a good fit at Tech.The football program,with 5 national titles,is rated in most top 25’s this year and future would look bright with this young man.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 28th, 2010
9:37 am

Conley looks pretty good in the video. Can’t wait to have him next year at WR for the Dawgs.

Chip Towers

June 28th, 2010
10:27 am

RxDawg: It’s kind of awkwardly worded (apologies) but it just means that the Dogs haven’t landed a true-blue left tackle yet. Dantzler doesn’t have the quicks for it, IMHO. RT all the way.