Scout's Take: Zach Witchett

What is Georgia getting in Zach Witchett? South Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons breaks down the new Bulldog here in this edition of Scout's Take.

Profile: Zach Witchett

Location: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Booker T. Washington
Position: Wide Receiver
Class: 2011
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 185 pounds

Scout's Take

One of the first things that stands out about Witchett when evaluating him is how he attacks the ball when it is in the air. He does a great job of putting his body in position to make the play, he times his leap well, and he tries to get the ball at its highest point. He has many plays like this over the past couple of years in from of Scout both live and on film.

Another strength is how he gets separation down field. He is not as explosive off the ball as he needs to be, but when he gets going 10-15 yards down field, he typically runs away from the defensive backs covering him. He has good top end speed and he is very fluid. He still needs to work on his get off, but down the field, he plays very fast.

His toughness stands out as well. He has played some cornerback and safety in high school and he will hit on that side of that ball. That transitions well to blocking on the offensive side of the ball as well as catching the ball in traffic. Witchett has good football toughness and he will catch the ball across the middle, he will block down field, and he can break tackles for extra yardage after the catch.

Route running is something he can still really work to improve on. He really needs to work on the fundamentals of running better routes. He can overpower smaller corner in high school or use his speed down field to get open right now, but he needs to learn how to work his feet better, drops his hips more, explode out of his cuts, and be precise on yardage.

He is a basic route runner right now and that may be his biggest weakness. He has to stick his routes and just understand how to run them better. That is something he will likely work hard on over the next year as he prepares to become a Georgia Bulldog.

Overall, Witchett is one of the top wide receivers in the state of Georgia. He has very strong hands, he catches the ball with authority, he plays a physical style on the outside, and he is tough. He need to fine tune his game and run more crisp routes, but him going to Georgia gives them another top in-state commitment in their 2011 class.


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