Former N.C. State wide receiver Charlie Hegedus will transfer to UGA as a walk-on.
Hegedus, who played at Lassiter High School, told the AJC that he will be eligible immediately, due to an NCAA hardship waiver. He has two seasons left to play.
“Why Georgia? I just love the way they do things there, and it’s the home state team that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid,” Hegedus said. “And you get to play in front of people in your home state. There can’t be anything much better than that.”
Hegedus was a top performer at UGA summer camps but never got an offer out of high school. He will give the Bulldogs some depth at wide receiver.
“He will fit well in at Georgia,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “He’s a Michael Bennett-type of player.
“He’s a reliable kid who can block, catch screens and also make plays down field. He was a sophomore (at Lassiter) when Hutson Mason was a senior and had the big year for us. I think he will be a really good fit for what they are trying to do at Georgia.”
Hegedus has a sister who attends UGA. He also considered Southern Miss, where former Lassiter coach Chip Lindsey is offensive coordinator.
“It was really a mystery to me why he didn’t have more offers and more interest out of high school,” Irwin said. “He’s a big and strong kid with tremendous speed. That has always been his greatest asset is the ability to get deep and behind the coverage. He was a good student and team leader for us so I think Georgia is getting a great player.”
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