No, I’m not talking about Xzavier Dickson’s verbal to Alabama. (And after reading some of the Georgia message boards last night, I think there’s a sizeable chunk of the online Dawgnation community which needs to walk away from the keyboard for a few days.)
Rather, it’s the call to revoke the offer to Zack Witchett.
UGA revoked the football scholarship offer on Wednesday to Booker T. Washington WR/DB Zack Witchett, who had been committed to the Bulldogs since last summer.
The news was delivered by UGA assistant Tony Ball in telephone calls to Witchett and his high school coach Stanley Pritchett.
“[Ball] said they were going to revoke the offer,” Pritchett said. “They said Georgia couldn’t take a chance on a guy that they didn’t know whether or not he could stay out of trouble and contribute to the team next year.”
When’s the last time you heard a Georgia coach make a public comment like that? And it’s even more puzzling given the timing:
… Witchett was suspended three games during his senior season for violating undisclosed team rules, according to his coach. Georgia was made aware of the situation at the time and waited until less than a month before signing day to revoke the offer.
This isn’t a Dexter Moody situation. That was a decision made almost immediately after Moody’s troubles came to light, and was made with zero comment by Georgia.
Something’s changed and the program wants that known. I expect there are some interesting conversations coming up in the next four weeks between high school coaches and Georgia’s staff.