Posted: 11:00 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Georgia OL commits to Clemson 

By Michael Carvell

One of Georgia’s top offensive linemen committed to Clemson on Wednesday.

Zach Giella, a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder from Augusta Christian high school, picked Clemson over LSU and Ole Miss.

“I’ve been talking to my family about this for weeks, and praying about it,” Giella told the AJC. “And I feel like Clemson is the place for me. And I wanted to go ahead and pull the trigger. They only had one spot left for offensive tackles in this class, and I didn’t want to let this pass me by.

OL Zach Giella (right) committed to Clemson. His teammate is 2015 DL-OL Calvin Taylor (Photo by Michael Carvell/AJC)

OL Zach Giella (right) committed to Clemson. His teammate is 2015 DL-OL Calvin Taylor (Photo by Michael Carvell/AJC)

“I love everything about Clemson. I love the staff. They all seem like some great Christian guys. The offensive coordinator (Chad Morris) has been my personal recruiter. Ever since they offered, he has been in nonstop contact with me on Twitter, and he has come to my school twice. He’s a heck of a recruiter.

“The whole staff is like that. They all seem like great Christian men at Clemson, and that’s important to me. It’s close to home, only an hour or so from my house. They will be able to see me play, and that’s a huge part, too. And it was really a great feeling when I committed.”

Giella delivered the news during a phone call with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who is famous in recruiting circles for getting emotional about a prospect’s decision.

“I talked to coach Swinney, and he gave his ‘A’ game speech about the school and the football program,” Giella said.

“I told him ‘Coach, I’ve been wanting to talk to you about that. I want to let you know that I’ve been talking to my family and praying about it, and I feel like Clemson is the place for me. And I want to play for Clemson University.’

“He flipped out on the phone. He started yelling and stuff. He was super excited. He said he was going to recruit me really hard. He was so excited, and I can’t wait to play for him.”

Giella, who is rated as a 3-star and as the state’s No. 66 overall prospect (but will likely bump up in the next rankings), isn’t sure where he will play at Clemson. But he doesn’t care.

“They are recruiting me as a tackle but coach Swinney said he loves my versatility,” Giella said. “He said I could play center or any of the guard and tackle positions on the right or left side. Whatever they need, I could do it.”

What about UGA and Georgia Tech? Giella attended UGA’s spring game to speak to the coaches but hasn’t heard back from the Bulldogs since. Giella made an unofficial visit last week to Georgia Tech. Yellow Jackets offensive line coach Mike Sewak coached Giella’s older brother at Georgia Southern.

“It really was a great visit, and coach Sewak was a great guy,” Giella said. “We really enjoyed doing everything with him. It was a really great visit. He has done a great job of recruiting me. Georgia Tech is a great school. It’s just that Clemson is where my heart is. I think God was speaking to me though prayer.”

As expected with all top recruits, other schools aren’t giving up on Giella just yet. He informed LSU that he committed to Clemson on Wednesday, but the Tigers are still sending a coach to the private Christian school on Friday. Michigan State will be there on Thursday, and FSU and East Carolina stopped by earlier in the week.

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27 comments
Borodave
Borodave

@Gandolph writes ".you seem to think that all Georgia kids have to commit to UGA, all 180/year of them…"


Right on brother.  Seems to apply to most of the commenters on this one and many other articles/blogs, not just RandyHall.  Blaming coach Friend for "losing" a player we didn't even recruit; and given that we do have OL committed for 2015.  No, he didn't "get away" from us.  We weren't even on his list.


I wish the kid the best, except when we play clempsom. 

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Congrats to the young man.

Hope he's sure to tune in and watch the beatdown his Tigers are going to take game 1 this season.  Payback is coming.  And it's going to be hell to be a loser wearing orange.

JaySly
JaySly

clemson will get another beadown from fsu and end up in a minor bowl

BigIrishMike
BigIrishMike

Dabo a pretty good recruiter by game coach he is lacking the big game signature win. Now it appears with FSU on the rise he won't get it anytime soon.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Lemme guess...UGA was late with an offer....FIRE WILL FRIEND!

ElStinko
ElStinko

My name is will Friend.  I have joined the other worst recruiter in the SEC (Mark Fox) and I hope I live up to the tradition.

FlatTire
FlatTire

The coaching staff isnt worried about having a great O-line

kerryb
kerryb

One of Georgia's top offensive lineman???  Really Carvell???  The dude is not even ranked.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

IT is my opinion that Will  Friend is not a good Recruiter but will learn a lot from his good friend Pruitt and we will reap the benefit in the future. I have heard enough to know he is a good Coach so for now that will have to do. But, I am not going to back up any criticism on this Recruit because Georgia decided to pass on him. That is not Friends fault so those that criticize Coach Friend for everything,  needs to grow up and just think. Georgia has 20 Offensive Linemen on the roster for 2014 . They will sign 3 or 4 in the 2015 class. There will be plenty available as good as this kid.    

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Maybe they can get one of those running backs to play on the line.

SnoopDawg
SnoopDawg

Great recruiting job Mr Friend--dufus...


Every quality HS recruit is getting as far away from Markt Wrecked as possible.


Clean sweep this year, no?


Not a good trend...

RandyHall
RandyHall

When was the last time Will Friend had a O-Lineman commit?? I guess it was an OL named Seymour...a no brainer considering his last name...this guy seems to be just drawing a check...(2) from the State of GA going to Clemson...(3) going to AU....(1) USC...(1) FSU....and the beat goes on...is Friend practicing the Garner sabbatical???      

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

@SnoopDawg  Getting away?  That would imply that UGA wanted this kid.  He all but admitted they didn't.  Worked out well for both sides if you ask me.

kerryb
kerryb

@RandyHall  Dyshon Sims, Isaiah Wynn, Jake Edwards, Kendall Baker.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@RandyHall  give it up, Randy.  You don't know squat about what UGA needs, and, in you self annointed expertise, you seem to think that all Georgia kids have to commit to UGA, all 180/year of them.  Why don't you let the coaches do their jobs and stop your constant criticism until NSD of 2015? You sound like a broken record. 

67Dawg
67Dawg

@RandyHall  Be patient.  UGA has offers out to 25 offensive tackles for 2015, and will likely sign 3 more at least to go with Seymour.  Still in the mix for linemen higher on our board than those committing elsewhere. Chuma Edoga is the only big miss from the state, and there is a decent chance he will still be a Dog.  No chance at Mitch Hyatt due to family ties.

slydawg
slydawg

Don't worry, he'll be back in the mix next January.

RandyHall
RandyHall

@Gandolph @RandyHall .....Gandolph, you Lil Troll...you Kool Aid Drinker...how good was the OL last year...Murray should have been protected much better...and if the OL had played much better...Gurley would / should have been 500 yards better...keep your eyes on the line of scrimmage....look @ the NFL Draft...Dufus, HOW MANYOF THE UGA OL WERE DRAFTED?? HOW MANY OF THE 3 SENIORS WERE INVITED TO THE COMBINE?? None...Goofoff know your facts...and if my comments,, which they don't, affect their jobs then they shoudl not be coaching in the first place...TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC!!!.     

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

How many OL from the Dawgs were drafted...you mean how many were drafted period.