Dante Bichette hit 274 home runs in 14 major-league seasons, making the All-Star team four times. His son, Dante Bichette Jr., will play baseball at Georgia.
A senior at Orangewood Christian School in Orlando, Bichette Jr., an infielder, has signed a national letter of intent with the Bulldogs.
“Dante is one of the headliners of our signing class because he does a lot of things well,” UGA coach David Perno said in a news release. “He has the most power in our class; it’s in his genes. He’s a corner infielder and will be a great fit here. We had a real connection with him and his family.”
Bichette was among six additions to Georgia’s recruiting class announced Monday. The others, all from in-state: outfielder Justin Bryan (Lavonia), outfielder Zach Freeman (Lake Park), outfielder/pitcher Heath Holder (Loganville), pitcher Reggie McClain (Johns Creek) and infielder Tyler Palmer (Odum.)
Update, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday:
On Tuesday, Georgia announced six more signings, including four from in-state: pitcher Jarrett Brown (Conyers), pitcher Luke Crumley (Cleveland), pitcher David Sosebee (Cleveland) and outfielder D.J. Smith (Woodstock). Crumley and Sosebee are teammates at White County High School.
In addition, Georgia signed outfielder Hunter Cole (Moore, S.C.) and catcher/infielder Nicky Delmonico (Knoxville). Delmonico is the son of long-time former Tennessee baseball coach Rod Delmonico and the brother of Joey Delmonico, a junior catcher on the current UGA team.