Posted: 2:57 pm Saturday, March 15th, 2014

LSU offers emerging Georgia OL 

By Michael Carvell

One of Georgia’s top high school juniors to watch this spring will be Zach Giella, an emerging offensive lineman from Augusta.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder has a dozen early college scholarship offers, adding LSU on Friday. The others include South Carolina (childhood favorite), Missouri, Ole Miss, Duke, Cal and Kentucky.

OL Zach Giella (Special)

OL Zach Giella (Special)

Giella says his next offer may be from Auburn, where he will visit on Thursday. He’s also under scholarship consideration from Florida State, Tennessee and Stanford.

“I don’t have any real leaders yet,” Giella told the AJC. “I’m just trying to get out there and see as many schools at this point.”

The college scouts are slowly but surely discovering Giella, who is at Augusta Christian, a private school that actually plays in the South Carolina Independent Schools Associate (SCISA).

“One of the things they (the scouts) talk about is his ability to pass set,” Augusta Christian coach Keith Walton said. “They like his feet. They like that he’s 300 pounds, but looks nothing like a 300-pounder at all. So he wears his weight well. He doesn’t have a gut. So the potential for future growth is phenomenal for him.”

Giella grew up in the Atlanta area, and had two older brothers that played football and basketball at Parkview High School. After the family moved to the Augusta area, Giella became a South Carolina fan.

What about Georgia Tech and UGA?

One of Giella’s older brothers graduated from Georgia Tech after briefly playing football at Georgia Southern. Zach is also friends with North Augusta High School offensive lineman Jake Whitley, who signed with Georgia Tech in February. They two plan to attend a Yellow Jackets’ spring practice together.

“They are a great institution,” he said. “I have nothing against them. It’s a great school. I like them but I have no more interest in them than anybody else.”

What about UGA? “They haven’t talked to me at all, other than one or two messages from a recruiting assistant. That’s about it. They haven’t really said anything to me at all. They are a great school. They’re appealing because they play in the SEC and they play great ball. But if they don’t talk to me, then there’s nothing really happening.”

Added Walton, “The guy from Georgia (Kirk Olivadotti) that recruited our area, he’s no longer at Georgia anymore. We haven’t heard from the new coach who recruits our area.

“It’s funny. I told Zach I seriously doubt that every school is going to offer you, except from the school of which state you’re in. Eventually, it’s going to get to them. Georgia is not going to let Auburn, Ole Miss, and LSU come in their back door and steal you from Georgia – not that (Giella) is a Georgia guy. He doesn’t have connections anywhere.”

Giella will also take trips this spring to LSU on April 5 and Florida State on April 7.

He has no timetable yet on making a college decision.

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26 comments
Ichabod1
Ichabod1

 I don't think UGA fans wil have worry about this one anyway, why go to UGA vs LSU, FSU, USC, Stanford, or Auburn? UGA's facilities don't even come close to matching up to some of these other schools. UGA can snub who they snub but it comes back to bite them in the end, that's why in state kids look elsewhere. Being ranked in the top 10 or top 5 to start every year to lose the big games, and barely stay in the top 25 by year end is not motivating to stay in state. You will see this young man between the hedges, just not on our sideline, unfortunately. That's right we want the mean nasty kids who by year end have been suspended 2-3 times and miss games because of team violations. Character does count for something.

BTW this player just received another offer today, I guess all those O line coaches are wrong.......  

keendaddy
keendaddy

Once again, I'll trust our Coaches. Basically, it's the same nimrods complaining about the same thing (with a few exceptions), as for the outsiders and trolls (Technerds), worry about your own pitiful team! Our Oline will be fine this year and we have depth. CMR is going after some of the best offensive line recruits in the Country, not just the State of Georgia. Same old crying, from the usual suspects, lol...

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

We have to admit that linemen are not a top priority for CMR. We can see it when we try to run the ball and pass protection blocking. We see it on defese also as teams are able to run against us.

CTBigDawg
CTBigDawg

Fellow Dawgs with all due respect seen this guy play in person several times. He is rated a 3 Star due to his size, he would be a project and from what I saw he would need to develop some real heart and desire to do the things necessary to compete. Also what I saw was he took plays off if the ball wasn't going to his side and had problems with smaller, quicker defensive ends/tackles. A positive I did see was he was a decent straight ahead blocker and had good foot work as was mentioned in the article. It was also reported by others that he attended a camp at UGA, Bama and Tennessee so that would suggest to me that he has been evaluated by Coach Saban, Coach Friend and by Tennessee's coaches and if he hasn't been offered by Bama then that would suggest to me that they have seen the same things I saw for myself. Anyways it is early in the recruiting process and this guy could decide to give 100% in his development and desire to compete on each and every play and become a dominating OL,


Go Dawgs

Gandolph
Gandolph

Good grief.  Some of you guys sound like a broken record.  This kid has been to camps at Bama, Tenn and UGA.  He is a 3 star OL, probably mainly due to his size.  Why not let the coaches do their evaluations?  They obviously have seen him and neither of the 3 have offered as of yet.  That's not to say they won't, but you guys have no clue where he fits on their recruiting boards, and, would be the first to howl if UGA passed on a 4 or 5 star OL for a 3.  Have any of you even seen his tape?  Nice kid and nice dad, but he is going to need a lot of work on speed and body shaping wherever he goes at the next level.

mcdaviddawg
mcdaviddawg

The same story that comes up time after time.  Haven't heard from Georgia.  Richt and company are just too busy playing golf.

gatechclassof95
gatechclassof95

I know if I were this kid I would be looking at Bama, LSU and FSU.  They've won championships and know how to win.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

RandyHall ....that is not CWF territory.  Have an idea.  He will get involved at some point after the player is evaluated.  You just love to hate!  Find a new school to pull for, UGA is just not perfect enough for you.  What a Maroon!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

every story about a lineman the experts on the blog come out with the worn out "UGA needs to get"...I agree we need linemen, but EVERY lineman written about or commented on UGA/Richt/Friend are slammed...get real...go dogs


RandyHall
RandyHall

OK...some of you Kool Aid Drinkers....get on my case for criticizing OL Coach W Friend and his lack of recruiting a better OL and coaching them up (coaching them up when the 3 graduating OL from UGA are not invited to the combine...when the 3 graduating OL from UGA did not get a sniff on the All SEC Teams)...he will be the demise of this Team....mark my word!!!  

MikeShirah
MikeShirah

Continued poor showing on UGA when it comes to bringing in offensive lineman. They lose more in state talent then any other university in the SEC

Dawg350
Dawg350

Come to UGA....we have the best beer...food...women and bars in the world baby! UGA going to get a piece of that pie in the sky baby in 2014! Bring home that natty!

Classof98
Classof98

Well, he's an offensive lineman, so that means Mark Richt doesn't know he exists.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

sounds like we are making him recrut uga.  smart move

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Sounds like UGA not interested in Augusta with the ole call coach playing golf every other day. Really if Nick Saban hasn't offered with over 200 offers outstanding then this guy must really be  a sleeper.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Somebody call Mark Richt and get Georgia to seriously look into this guy. 

Ichabod1
Ichabod1

@Ichabod1  BTW, coincidence 4 UGA players at least made the AJC this morning......Congrats!!

Proud of those mean players we recruit with an edge, sitting on the bench suspended.......

CTBigDawg
CTBigDawg

Keendaddy have you not been listening to Coach Richts own words on the subject, have you not been frustrated by the Dawgs overall inability at times to be able to run the football in crucial situations and put other teams away.

Gandolph with all due respect I believe history over last 13 years has shown and Coach Richt said it himself that he doesn't place as much emphasis on recruiting the big ugglies. It doesn't only show with Avery Young and Tunsil but also with a long list of top o-linemen UGA never recruited or only half heartily recruited that wound up at Bama, Tennessee, Clemson, Auburn, Florida etc. It shows in that he continues to teach finese instead of smash mouth, it shows in favortism in playing certain players over others i.e. Mark Beard who should have been the starter at left tackle last year instead of being  a back-up and then he was going to transfer because he was told he didn't figure in Georgia's plans this year. It also shows in giving Hutson Mason the starting QB job without competition. Anyways we will see if what ColumbusDawg states about Coach Richt being on a short lease are true.

Go Dawgs

keendaddy
keendaddy

1111

Yeah, I'm sure Coach Richt wants UGA to look bad. I did not see anywhere in the article, where this kid had a mean streak and that's what we need. Trust our own coaches to evaluate talent ...

Gandolph
Gandolph

@tomkat1111  I don't have to admit anything...are you telling me that you would feel the same if Avery Young and Laramey Tunsil were the bookends on the O line last year?  Richt went after them as a top priority but was left standing at the altar.

How about the Dlinemen that went with Garner to Auburn?  Montraveous Adams and Carl Lawson are two that immediately come to mind.  Richt went after them as well.

Do I think that UGA could use more linemen?  Heck yes. But it is not because they don't care and aren't trying.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@RandyHall  yawn, What about the  vodka  drinkers  that think you're  clueless?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@RandyHall

That is why I said somebody who knows Richt needs to call him . Friend will never follow up on this unless Richt gets involved.

keendaddy
keendaddy

CTBigDawg,

I pay close attention. I know that we recruited, yet lost many good Georgia kids, but we still tried. Can you blame the best in our state for wanting to go to Alabama, LSU, UF? I admit, Tunsil was a head scratcher, but some of these loses are expectable. UGA just needs to win big, to convince some of the best recruits to come here. Also, our Drug policy, and the fact that we don't "buy" recruits (like some we compete with, Auburn comes to mind) I do think CMR has not always gone the "extra mile", and this did worry me, but at this point in time, I believe Coach Richt is trying hard to find the best recruits for UGA. Remember, talented players don't always make good teammates, and I am sick of low character types,tarnishing our team. There are many different elements, that form a finished puzzle....

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

@Gandolph @tomkat1111  Look up how many linemen UGA has sent to the pro's during Rich's tenure. If I understand your post correctly, you are saying Richt can not recruit top linemen.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Card.

You don't drink natty light...you drink mad dog 20/20! Lmfao!