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Lineman commits to play for Tigers

Posted: May 17, 2014 - 11:12pm

One of the areas most-prized football recruits took himself off the market Wednesday night.

At 7:49 p.m., Augusta Christian’s Zach Giella tweeted “I committed to play football at Clemson University!”

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound junior offensive right tackle had offers from Southeastern Conference, Big 10 and Atlantic Coast Conference schools among others, but in the end the Tigers were the selection.

The Tigers made an offer to Giella on April 19, and after weighing all his options, he knew it was time.

“It was a hard decision to make, but it was time to pull the trigger,” said Giella, who was also considering Louisiana State, Ole Miss, Duke and Kentucky. LSU was the leader for a while, but the distance changed his mind.

“My family is going to be able to come see me play every week and that’s a great feeling,” said Giella, who stressed that he loved all the coaching staffs on the schools and thought they were great programs.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was instrumental in getting Giella to commit.

“Coach Morris has recruited me nonstop and came and visited me twice,” Giella said. “It makes me feel like they genuinely want me there as a player and that’s a great feeling to have.”

Choosing a school will now let Giella, who played on Augusta Christian’s 2012 undefeated South Carolina Independent School Association state championship team, concentrate on the near future.

“It’s a great load taken off and now I just hope I can help get Augusta Christian back to the state championship,” he said.

Giella becomes the Tigers fourth offensive lineman from the Class of 2015 to commit, joining North Gwinnett’s Mitch Hyatt, Noah Green from Boiling Springs (S.C.), and Jake Fruhmorgen from Plant High in Tampa, Fla.

“I think he’ll be a great fit,” Augusta Christian head coach Keith Walton said. “I don’t think he can go wrong.”

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