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Georgia Pulls 3-Star TE Garrett Walston Away from North Carolina

Mark Richt

Mark Richt

A publicly viewed tough decision for North Carolina tight end Garret Walston ended on Tuesday with a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia.

Walston, 6’4”, 220 pounds, has been a prized recruit for both Georgia and home state favorite, University of North Carolina. On May 19 the New Hanover High School star set a decision date. Just two days later, on May 21, he backed off a decision date preferring to take two more visits, one to Georgia and one to North Carolina.

Walston had made several visits to the Tar Heels including attending their Junior Day and two visits to Athens attending the Bulldogs Junior Day and another at the end of June. Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt was so impressed with Walston that he flew into Athens cutting out part of his vacation to meet with him in person before flying back to resume his vacation.

The Wilmington area talent had 12 scholarship offers on the table by the time he committed to Georgia including offers from Cal, Maryland, N.C. State, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Ohio, Virginia, East Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

College recruiters took notice of Walston after he helped lead the Wildcats to a 7-5 season in 2014. 

The Bulldogs now have 12 verbal commitments to their 2016 recruiting class.