Breaking: Charlie Woerner commits to UGA (UPDATED)

Charlie Woerner at Dawg Night (Joshua Jones/Special for AJC)

Charlie Woerner at Dawg Night (Joshua Jones/Special for AJC)

The nephew of the one of all-time UGA football greats has committed to the Bulldogs.

Charlie Woerner, a 4-star wide receiver from Rabun County High School, picked UGA over Alabama and Clemson on Thursday. His uncle is former Bulldogs All-American Scott Woerner.

“I’m from Georgia, always been a fan, and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Charlie told the AJC.

Woerner reached his UGA decision last week.

“He called us into the living room and said ‘Mom and Dad, I am thinking about committing to Georgia next week,'” his father Kent Woerner told the AJC. “His mom and I just looked at each other, and said ‘OK, Charlie. Are you sure? You’re not just doing this because it’s the easiest thing to do?’ He said, ‘No, it’s the best fit for me.’

Woerner became UGA's 14th commitment for the Class of 2016. (Sonny Kennedy / Special to the AJC)

Woerner became UGA’s 14th commitment for the Class of 2016. (Sonny Kennedy / Special to the AJC)

“He liked all the things that Coach Richt talked about with the program, with the academics and helping the players after football. Charlie has heard me say this to all his brothers and sisters, ‘Your education comes first.’ That’s what he’s going to be focused on — getting his education and playing for the Dawgs.”

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The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Woerner is rated as the state’s of Georgia’s No. 13 overall prospect, and he would likely be in the top five if he did the camp circuit. He is commitment No. 14 for UGA’s 2016 class, and the third at receiver. He’s the second WR to commit this week and the third UGA commitment since Dawg Night.

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Even though UGA was always considered a “lock” to land Woerner due to the family connections, it wasn’t an easy road for the Bulldogs. They first told Woerner that he was being recruited at tight end. He prefers receiver, and UGA made it clear he could play there when Woerner attended 7-on-7 camp with the Bulldogs last month.

His uncle, Scott Woerner, sealed UGA’s 1980 national championship with an interception late against Notre Dame. He was named a first-team All-American during his time in Athens.

Woerner only made two visits this summer, both to UGA. He was at Saturday’s Dawg Night prospect camp.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR UGAWoerner has committed to UGA as a receiver and wants to play that position. He has said he could still play tight end depending on how his body develops. The 2016 class has gotten a big boost with a skilled prospect who could play both positions. It does cloud up the receiver numbers. UGA has to hold spots for major targets Kyle Davis and Demetris Robertson at receiver and there’s also Mecole Hardman. He’s an elite recruit at either cornerback or receiver.Woerner’s commitment provides insurance with a playmaker of his caliber in the event Davis, Robertston or Hardman eventually sign elsewhere. — AJC’s Jeff Sentell


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