Dawgs Come Calling for DeBell

ATHENS – It was the first day of June, and it was a busy one for Zach DeBell.

"Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia offer me today," he said.

A Tarpon Springs, FL native, DeBell had been offered by a slew of schools – including several from the Big Ten and SEC.

"I have had a stressful time lately because I have exams coming up, and I have to decide who to narrow my list down to under ten teams," DeBell said.

DeBell took a trip through the South earlier this year, and took in Georgia during the trip. Since then he's kept up with the Dawgs. Then he got word that he should pick up the phone and call Athens.

"I gave Coach McClendon a call because my coach asked him to call me," he said. "He told me that he wanted to make the offer official. I told him that it was great to get an offer from a school like Georgia. It is a great thing."

DeBell is looking for several different things in the school he will eventually pick. He says he's yet to answer his own questions.

"I think about how many players the schools have in the NFL," DeBell said. "Will the head coach be around for a while? Will my position coach be around? What was their record this past year? Do they go to bowl games? Will my parents be able to see me play on TV?"

With the SEC's television contract, DeBell or any other recruit won't have a problem getting exposure on the tube. But those questions will have to be answered before he decides where to go.

In the meantime, DeBell, who says he's interested in Georgia and Tennessee most right now, will take time to visit both Knoxville and Athens to find out more.

"I will be going to Georgia's camp on June 12th," he said. "I am also going to take a visit to Tennessee this summer, too. They are two schools that stand out to me because I want to know more about them. I was only able to spend an hour and a half at Georgia, and I wanted to spend more time there."

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