Posted: 11:56 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Top Georgia OL to visit Georgia Tech this weekend 

By Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech will get a chance to make a big impression on one of the state’s top offensive linemen this weekend.

Zach Giella is a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder from Augusta Christian high school with 21 early scholarship offers. He’s rated as the state’s No. 65 overall prospect but could move up in the next rankings.

The 3-star prospect has declared LSU as his leader (see the video), followed by Clemson and Ole Miss.

However, Giella is keeping an open mind about Georgia Tech after offensive line coach Mike Sewak recently attended a practice. There’s also a special connection between the two.

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“My oldest brother played football for Coach Sewak at Georgia Southern,” Giella said. “We’ve known Sewak for a while. It’s good to get back in touch with him and everything. He’s a good guy, funny and everything. He’s easy to get along with. The whole staff seems to be like that, so that is great. And Georgia Tech is close to home, so that’s really great, too.”

What about UGA? Giella has expressed interest in UGA but hasn’t heard much back from the Bulldogs. Giella made the effort to attend last month’s G-Day and talk with offensive line coach Will Friend.

“Nothing has really has really come out from that,” Geilla said. “(Friend) said he’s going to come out here and watch me practice. But Coach Friend hasn’t said anything to me since then, so I’m not really sure what’s going on.”

With 21 offers, does Giella care whether or not he gets an offer from UGA? “It would be nice to get a Georgia offer because I’m in their backyard. But it is what it is.”

Giella seems pretty satisfied with the interest that he’s generated, especially considering he plays at a small private school located outside of Atlanta. But there is one other school he’d really like to get evaluated by:

“Alabama,” he said. “Coach Cristobal has talked to me a little bit, nothing too extensive. It’s just because they apparently know their stuff about the offensive line at Alabama.”

Giella has only made concrete plans to attend one summer camp so far, traveling to LSU. He will announce his college decision in the next couple of months.

RELATED: Augusta Christian has some gigantic linemen for a small private school. When I went to practice, I couldn’t help but notice Calvin Taylor, a 2015 sleeper prospect who stands 6-9 and 260 pounds. Naturally, he passes all of the eyeball tests. Taylor is very tall and lean, and very raw and undeveloped. But he has a surprising amount of athleticism, which comes from starring on the school’s basketball team. I was told that Taylor is a mid-major prospect in basketball, but could go much higher in football because of his ceiling of potential. I tend to agree with that. He has two early football offers, including UNC Charlotte, but things are expected to pick up as more college scouts come through this spring to observe Giella. Taylor, who said he plays football because he enjoys it, also has a 3.4 GPA. Remember his name, along with another Augusta Christian OL prospect for 2016, Michael McAlvin (6-5, 285). More scouts are expected to attend the team’s final spring workouts next week.

Big boys: Calvin Taylor (left) at 6-9, 260, and Zach Giella at 6-6, 300 (Photo by Michael Carvell/AJC)

Big boys: Calvin Taylor (left) at 6-9, 260, and Zach Giella at 6-6, 300 (Photo by Michael Carvell/AJC)

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21 comments
TheNecromancer
TheNecromancer

Taylor looks maybe an inch taller than Giella.  So one of the heights is incorrect.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I call Ricky Van Shelton on the height of the 6'9" dude. "Could it be somebody lied"...

Redfin
Redfin

PJ doesn't care if he comes to Tech or not.......he's too big to sprint out on point and block for the famous triple floption.   Custis and Hunt-Days won't even be with the team this year.  The special teams coach gone for personal reasons.  You can bet J Thomas WILL be the starting QB.  On paper this looks like the worst year of Johnsons' tenure and should be his last.

GP31
GP31

Appears to me GA concentates on the so called  in state  "5 stars" during the early recriting process. Meanwhile the 3 stars"   are already busy developing relationships with other schools . When those 5 stars commit somewhere else,  the Dogs are left scrambling.  They think becasue they are the in state school they can come in with a last minute offer and pick the kid up. Once in a while they can. Many times its too late. Many of these kids committ because of the personal relationship that has been built  between the recruting coord, position coach and the player. 

The only reason some of these kids are "2 and 3 stars"  is because they don't participate in all the camps put on by the  recruiting outfits. The schools that are  offering them early have already  done  their  due diligence. The above story about Zach would seem to exemplify that. Seems to me there are many stories like his when it comes to GA. 

GSU93
GSU93

What the heck is wrong with CWF?  Is he the worst recruiter in the nation?  Like the kid said, he's in their backyard! Ridiculous that he has an offer from LSU, Clemson and Ole Miss and nothing from UGA! Actually, it's embarrassing that all of these OL from GA get so much more attention from schools out of state. CMR you really have to re-assess the lack of recruiting OL.

dawgman912
dawgman912

We will offer him the day before signing day......

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

6'9 and he on the Oline ?? I can't imagine a 6'9 guy playing football. If he in highschool there is a good chance he is still growing he'll end up a center. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

Hit the BOOKS if you want to come to TECH. Getting your degree is #1 at TECH and it will set you up for a gret future no matter if you make it to the NFL.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Hope you enjoy your visit young man. GO JACKETS!!!

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  I've seen him play.  He's huge.  Easily 6'9" without shoes or hair.  He could be a project for some team, but I'd put him on the DL.

67Dawg
67Dawg

@GSU93  Georgia has over 20 offers out to offensive linemen, in and out of state.  Wouldn't it be better to wait and see who they land before being so critical?

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@juvenal  #1 if you rank by percentage of ROI instead of sheer money.  GT costs significantly less than the 5 schools ahead of them.

JacketMan
JacketMan

I meant to add I could also see him, however, getting converted to a defensive lineman. Can you imagine trying to pass OVER someone that tall?

JacketMan
JacketMan

I was thinking the same thing; unless you're primarily a rushing offense, you'd have to have a 6'7" QB (like Glennon of the Bucs) just to be able see over the Line of Scrimmage with this guy.

On the other hand, he'd probably be awesome on the kick-block team!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

LSU, Clemson and Ole Miss are on the list. Sounds like he disagrees with you and ain't coming to Tech.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@gtcaryd

I think the fro has been included on the 6'9" guy's height chart (tic)

POAD2014
POAD2014

@MichaelCarvell @POAD2014  I didn't say his grades were bad. he just can't forget to study because he got an offer to TECH if he chooses it. Class work will not get easier at TECH.