Ex-UGA recruit Zack Witchett may have Memphis scholarship offer

Ex-UGA recruit Zack Witchett, who had his football scholarship revoked by the Bulldogs earlier this month, may have an offer from Memphis.

Witchett is scheduled to make an official visit to Memphis this weekend and will likely be offered before he leaves campus, according to Booker T. Washington coach Stanley Pritchett. He is being recruited at wide receiver and defensive back.

“They know he is a D1 athlete and they are kind of glad he might fall to them,” Pritchett said. “The Memphis [assistant] said they were going to offer, that Zack had to meet with [Memphis coach] Larry Porter but he felt like it was a ‘done deal.’”

Georgia withdrew Witchett’s scholarship offer on Jan. 5 — less than a month away from signing day — due to undisclosed off-the-field issues. Pritchett said that Memphis asked about that particular situation. (Click here for the UGA details)

“They wanted to know what kind of ‘character guy’ he is,” Pritchett said. “I told Memphis that Zack is like your normal teenager. He is a kid, and kids make mistakes. I can’t go into details [due to privacy laws] but I can tell you it’s not anything like some people are making it out to be.

“Georgia and [Witchett] went in different directions. Zach has moved on, and we’re hoping for a happy ending for his situation with another school.”

Pritchett said something may happen with West Virginia but he needed to talk more with the coaches. South Carolina, Miami and South Florida also remain interested. Also on Tuesday, Western Kentucky offered a scholarship.

“South Carolina plans to stop by the school this week,” said Pritchett, the former NFL running back who played for the Gamecocks. “They are filled up with scholarships but they at least want to talk with Zack in case something happens down the road.”

Witchett took an official visit to South Carolina State a couple of weeks ago, and traveled to Hinds (Miss.) Junior College on Tuesday. Said Pritchett, “He’s determined to play D1 football. That’s why he didn’t commit to S.C. State. He enjoyed his visit there, but he wants to play D1 football, even if it means attending junior college first.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

229 comments Add your comment

State

January 25th, 2011
7:26 pm

first again for second tim today

chickenman

January 25th, 2011
7:36 pm

2nd ! lol

Oh well the big news we are all waiting for is Crowell and Drew. Problem is drew is sending so many odd signals ( playing against him on Sat quotes) im worried that CMR let another game changer go across the border. Although i would be shocked if crowell went to bama since their depth chart there is deep enough that even a talent like him would be unused

Columbus Pete

January 25th, 2011
7:41 pm

Everybody knows ZW was dropped because Georgia wanted to use the scholarship on the unknown kid (Harrow) from Carver who is Isaiah Crowell’s best friend. Harrow was seen by 3,000+ scouts that came by Carver but offered by no one until the Dawgs last week.

Hey, no complaints here. I like the strategy and Crowell might be worth 3 scholarships. I think we should drop Devin Bowman and offer Carver’s student manager or long snapper … whatever Isaiah wants!

Dawggie

January 25th, 2011
7:49 pm

I think the entire state will pull hard for this kid. We were all young and dumb at some point.

Best of luck Zack!

Michael Carvell

January 25th, 2011
7:52 pm

@Columbus Pete, I don’t know about all of that. But I do want to say one thing: Crowell is talented, but the best RB I saw in the state of Ga this year was (surprise) … Grady HS’s Marcus Caffey (committed to Kentucky over Purdue). He’s one of the most overlooked prospects I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the bigger schools make a last-second run at Caffey. I can’t believe he didn’t have 40 offers like some much less talented Ga RBs from 2010 who I won’t name. Caffey is the total package — size, speed, gains yards after initial hit and shifts into another gear once he gets into the open field. Caffey put up 299 rushing yards vs. Peach County in the playoffs. Caffey has nowhere near the all-star supporting cast (boatload of D1 prospects) as Crowell at Carver. I guess it goes to show the high level of talent across the board in the state when greats like Caffey get mostly overlooked.

D A DoubleU G

January 25th, 2011
7:55 pm

Good.

I just hope he understands that UGA is in no position to take on a liability, whether he would have been one or not. Not worth taking the chance right now.

Best of luck at Memphis.

Calvin Ruff Ruff

January 25th, 2011
7:56 pm

Best wishes to the kid. Hope all works out for him.

Score Check

January 25th, 2011
7:59 pm

Good luck.

Remember to play D-1 ball is a privilige not a right.

RRTDawgs

January 25th, 2011
8:04 pm

Good luck Zack i hope it will work out for you .

Ron

January 25th, 2011
8:09 pm

Columbus Pete, you knew that was not true when you typed it out.

Anonymous 'Cos

January 25th, 2011
8:12 pm

South Carolina has more commits than anyone else in the country already (30). How is it they are “showing interest”? Unless interest does not come with a scholarship attached. Funny. Maybe Ole Miss or Alabama or USC (etc.) can “show interest” too even though they are already overcommited as well.

Anyways, hopefully Zack learned the lesson here and will get a (free) education somewhere to further his well-being. Good luck…and Go Dawgs!

JAWJeRDAWG

January 25th, 2011
8:15 pm

Good luck, Zack, wherever you go. Hopefully you’ve got your life turned around in the right direction! …

And, could Ray Drew’s tweet about Isaiah Crowell, that ‘he was looking forward to getting after him one Saturday’ refer to getting after him the Saturday of the Red and Black Spring Game? Just wondering; hopefully.

We beat tech-- yeah!!!

January 25th, 2011
8:20 pm

Dream team– yeah!!! Can’t wait to bring in another TOP 5 class and then go 7-5. Just wait till next year…

we rule this state

January 25th, 2011
8:28 pm

Fire CMR… No he is great recruiter… Fire CMR… Dream team… We need a new OC…. Fire CMR…. We need a new DC…

Ole Yeller Dawg

January 25th, 2011
8:28 pm

I think CMR must have a problem with the name Zack…..that’s two of them that he’s booted off the team!

layinlow

January 25th, 2011
8:29 pm

If ray drew is truly an ordained minister he needs to study his bible a little closer. According to the new testament, one of the principal characteristics of a true christian is humility. Two months ago I would have thought that Crowell would have been the one who acted like a prima donna leading up to national signing day but he is actually doing the right thing by keeping silent and discussing his future in private with his family. When I first heard about Drew I was thinking finally, a recruit who is a mature young man and who will handle the process with some dignity. However, he has become one of the worst of the hat trick acting clowns and is making a fool of himself. I’m disappointed in Drew because he has not represented himself very well.

JAWJeRDAWG

January 25th, 2011
8:37 pm

@Ole Yeller Dawg

Actually, I think Zack is his adopted son’s name, though I’m not if it’s spelled Z-A-C-K.

Anonymous 'Cos

January 25th, 2011
8:40 pm

@ layinlow,

good post with valid points. I agree. i,too, am disappointed…either way. If he does end up a Dawg, the charades of the past month or so gave us an insight as to his true character whenever he openly bashed our program. Otherwise, i’m disappointed he went elsewhere. Yeah, i’m confused too as to what i want. Good thing it’s not about me then, eh!

wdm

January 25th, 2011
8:43 pm

The unknown kid Harrow may be starting next year. Youtube his highlight reel and you will understand why he was offered a scholarship. Dude can play some d. He appears to be the fastest player on the field in his highlights and blows people up.

Bama Mike

January 25th, 2011
8:46 pm

Crowell father made interesting comment regarding son getting quality education and wanting him to go somewhere where they will look out for him. Those arrest warrants means Richt will have some splaining to do. If it is just about starting then it is Georgia. Go to Bama compete with some of the best backs in the nation get 15 to 20 quality touches per game while playing consistently against top 10 competition on national stage. No brainer to me.

D A DoubleU G

January 25th, 2011
8:48 pm

layinlow,

You simply don’t get it. If you think Ray Drew calls the recruitment media every day to say these things, you’re crazy. Star recruits like Ray receive more hounding phone calls in a day than you receive real phone calls in a month, trying to get the inside scoop.

I think the kid is clever in the fact he has found a way to hound his hounders, and make people like us who obsess over a 17 year old’s college decision go insane.

I promise when he reads posts like yours, he laughs loudly, and it only encourages him to do more of it.

Way to go Ray! Good luck wherever you go.

WnE

January 25th, 2011
8:48 pm

Stay patient Zack, a BCS-Level FB Program better than Memphis will give you an Offer, I would pay close attention to Miami, and you should have your HS FB Coach call Klimpson also.

Stay patient, a BCS School will give you a scholly sooner than you think.

RRTDawgs

January 25th, 2011
8:56 pm

It seems that C. Peake may be wavering some i know Drew was up at Clemson possibly recruiting for UGA and Peake is a good friend of LeMay’s i am not saying he will flip but its possible layinlow you do make some good points .

Can you Handle the Truth

January 25th, 2011
8:58 pm

This is soo what UGA has a history of doing. Offering Scholarships to players and pulling them. The same thing happened a few years ago in Columbus and the Coaches banned UGA from coming on campus. This has happened alot more than has been reported and it just goes to show you the recruiting a FBS level is just a cut throat business at most every school.

RRTDawgs

January 25th, 2011
9:02 pm

Its all tied up UF and UGA crowd gong crazy .

Bama Mike

January 25th, 2011
9:05 pm

Bama On line had interesting article. Kirby Smart in Mobile coaching and teaching at Senior Bowl. ” Our recruiting is done. It is not as stressful as it use to be. We still may have 2 or 3 long shots but we have who we wanted with 9 already enrolled and on campus.” Either they are confident in Crowell or conceded earlier that he wants to stay close to home. With the 2012 number 1 prospect Barry Sanders Jr. a heavy Bama lean over Oklahoma State my gut tells me we went another direction and Crowell to Georgia

Mudcatjoe

January 25th, 2011
9:10 pm

Memphis? That is an upgrade over UGA. the kid lucked out!

layinlow

January 25th, 2011
9:12 pm

Double, you don’t think Crowell is getting the same media attention? He is simply not responding to the media and keeping it in the family. I don’t think your the one who gets it. Drew is really coming off as a- it’s all about “me guy” during this process. That runs completely contrary to what I intially thought Drew was all about. Georgia needs more team guys who want to come in and work hard to rebuild the football program. I’m starting to have real doubts about Drew.

Ted Striker

January 25th, 2011
9:13 pm

Hope everything works out for all parties involved.

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ToccoaDawg

January 25th, 2011
9:37 pm

Maybe losing that Scholarship opened this young mans eyes and he will be a better person for it. Good luck young man where ever you end up.

Destin Dawg

January 25th, 2011
9:39 pm

Crowell knows he would sit the bench at Bamer…

D A DoubleU G

January 25th, 2011
9:40 pm

layinlow,

And who choses to read it??

I am pretty sure you were not forced to read these blogs, or any article about recruiting.

He is a 17 or 18 year old kid, having fun with the media hounding him. If you want to get mad at him for that, that is your choice. Just like it is his joice to have fun with something that is stressful to most.

You win again Ray!!!

Destin Dawg

January 25th, 2011
9:43 pm

I don’t like preachers… we don’t need Drew.. and Crowell is overated… get a BIG brusier RB… Run Ken Malcomb

1970 Dawg

January 25th, 2011
9:44 pm

Good luck to you Zack. I’m really amused by the remarks like”im worried that CMR let another game changer go across the border” by one earlier blogger in reference to Ray Drew. What is CMR supposed to do? You can’t force these guys to go to UGA. They don’t love the school like we do. I guess we could send some hostesses down there like Kiffin did last year but that is against the rules. Should CMR just beg harder or what? Give me a break!!

sandman053

January 25th, 2011
9:45 pm

@ Destin Dawg…I agree. bring on Boo!!

Paul The Vol

January 25th, 2011
9:45 pm

I thought he had offers from Maryland and West Virginia also. Did they pull their offers?

jarvis

January 25th, 2011
9:48 pm

I too was hoping for a happy ending to my situation.

RRTDawgs

January 25th, 2011
9:52 pm

Guys Crowell will be dawg i will give that Drew FB junk is disturbing and the biggest need is NT Jenkins more than Drew but we need a RB in this class .

Dirty Dawg

January 25th, 2011
9:56 pm

Get Mark Richt out of here and this program will turn around.

sandman053

January 25th, 2011
10:09 pm

RRT I think they will all be Dawgs when it is said and done. Any chance the kid from Clemsux will switch?

north ga dawg

January 25th, 2011
10:13 pm

@ columbus pete. Have you seen devin play? Kid is gonna be 6 3 220 by the time he’s done growing with speed and hands

RRTDawgs

January 25th, 2011
10:16 pm

well i have from a few people that could be wavering some he is friends with LeMay and with Watkins there you know how these guys want the ball i am not saying he flip but its possible .

Matthews Dawg

January 25th, 2011
10:17 pm

Dirty Dawg….You can’t be a Dawg fan! I believe you want Richt out, because you are tired of getting you butt whipped the last game of every year! It’s amazing how CMR turned it around a few years ago. He is doing a great job this off season. I believe he will do a great job next football season.
I know a future signee a QB for Clemson, who spoke with Drew this weekend on their recruiting trip. He told me that he would be totally shocked if Drew didn’t sign with UGA. One never knows what a 17/18 year old kid will do. Hopefully, he will commit on Friday to us. If not, that is ok and we will get others. We have a GREAT class right now. The rest are just the toppings! Go Dawgs

sandman053

January 25th, 2011
10:18 pm

Him Rome and Mitchell with the weapons we already have would be fun to watch Murray chunking it around…especially if Boo turns out like I think he will
Anything on King (not being in school) and Ealey (grades)?

Bitter vince dooly in south beach

January 25th, 2011
10:19 pm

I believe The new AD has made it clear,

—–no mo thugs at UGA——-, Sorry u sleep through that lecture punk!

off to western alabammer, do som learnning, try playing tennis

sandman053

January 25th, 2011
10:21 pm

Matthews Dawg: I hope the kid is good, cause Clemsux is needing some help at the QB position losing Wilson I think his name was.

P. Bull Terrier

January 25th, 2011
10:27 pm

@ Can You Handle The Truth – If my memory is correct, the problem that UGA had with a recruit down in Columbus was that he thought UGA was going to offer a scholarship on his campus visit, but they didn’t. The coach was upset at the time, but UGA apologized for the misunderstanding and everyone moved on.

In this case, everyone agrees that Witchett made some kind of mistake. You can debate whether the mistake was serious enough for him to lose his scholarship. You may even claim that UGA had other motives for rescinding their offer. But if the player stayed out of trouble and kept his grades up, there aren’t many people who would truthfully belive that UGA would have rescinded their offer to him.

Hopefully for Witchett’s sake, he will take this as a learning experience and go on to have a successful career wherever he goes to school and whatever he decides to do with his future.

RRTDawgs

January 25th, 2011
10:31 pm

Its does look real good for UGA to get Jenkins and Crowell it does sound like Drew is a silent commit just a young guy having some fun Bobo is the guy that deserves credit if gets the clean sweep in south Georgia .

Matthews Dawg

January 25th, 2011
10:32 pm

sandman…I like him, but I believe he will be red shirted his freshman year. But, who knows, he works his butt off! He is a close friend of the family. He didn’t know about Pagan from Asheville, NC. That is another great ball player that has considered UGA.
sandman… thanks for the kind words and I appreciate your remarks on recruiting here each day.