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.
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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