July 16, 2010

DeBell engaged

When offensive tackle Zach DeBell left Athens following his last visit to Georgia back in June, he did so with a warm, fuzzy feeling about the Bulldog program.

Friday, the 6-foot-7, 270-pound pulled the trigger, announcing that he was becoming Mark Richt's 14th verbal commitment.

Georgia's offer was one of 24 afforded the offensive tackle from Tarpon Springs, Fla.

The Dawg Night visit was DeBell's third thus far, afforded the affable 16-year-old a chance to check out Georgia's athletic and academic facilities, along with the expansion at Butts-Mehre.

Rivals.com analyst Barry Every says the Bulldogs are getting a good one.

"You can't teach height and long arms, which he possesses. DeBell does a nice job of using his length to keep defenders at bay while sliding his feet after contact. He also seems like a real nasty player who won't mind getting an extra hit in before the whistle is blown," Rivals.com analyst Barry Every said. "He is most likely a redshirt candidate while he adds size and strength, but he has potential to be a three-year starter and an all-conference player."

A four-star recruit, DeBell chose Georgia over Tennessee, South Carolina, UCLA and Georgia Tech

DeBell said his relationship with Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels also made his time in Athens special.

"He thought I played well (at camp)," DeBell said. "He loves my speed, my quickness, my balance. It was really great to see him. Like I said, I had a great time."

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