Giella is 'Definitely Interested in Michigan'

Martinez (Ga.) Augusta Christian 2015 offensive tackle Zach Giella was offered by Michigan earlier this week. He gives his thoughts on the Wolverines and more inside.

Martinez (Ga.) Augusta Christian 2015 offensive tackle Zach Giella was enjoying a normal day of high school activities, when Michigan assistant Darrell Funk made a surprise visit.

After a brief conversation with Funk, Giella went on with his normal school day. And when his school day was over, he called Funk to get some great news.

"I called (Funk) around 3:30 p.m. and we talked on the phone quite a bit," Giella recalled on his conversation with Funk. "He said, ‘I wouldn't be down here if I wasn't excited to see you. And we want to offer you a scholarship.' I am definitely interested in Michigan. At this point, it's Michigan – that's the only way to put it at this point."

Giella had some more found words to say about the Wolverines.

"I have always been Michigan, Michigan, Michigan," Giella said. "It's like the Mecca of football – a powerhouse!"

Now that Giella has his Michigan offer, he says his next step is trying to make a trip up to Ann Arbor, Mich.

"I definitely would like to (visit)," Giella said. "It's a ways a way. But I would like to. If we can possibly work something out, maybe for an official, I definitely would like to."

At 6-foot-6, 300-pounds, Giella is rated a three-star prospect, and holds notable offers from Missouri, Clemson and California among others. But even with his affection for the Wolverines, he admits there is one school that is out front for his commitment.

"Right now my leader is LSU," Giella said. "I would say Ole Miss is right behind them. I'm getting a lot of love from different schools. I'm just trying to figure out pros and cons of every school. I want to see as much as I can right now. And I want to try to put them in order from schools I like and from the schools I don't."

Giella has already been on campus visits to many of the schools who have offered him, including LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Duke, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Georgia.

"I want a school with a good mix of football and academics," Giella said. "I don't want to go somewhere and lose. I want to go somewhere and play and not ride the bench. I want to be able to get along with the coaches. I want to know they have my back with a good family atmosphere and everything. I want to be able to gel with the team. Also, I want the degree to mean something later in life."

As far as a decision timeline, Giella says: "I want to commit to a school before the season starts. I want to get it out of the way. I want to be able to focus on my team and bring back a state championship."

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