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Georgia Appears To Commit Seconday Violation

The Georgia football program appears to have committed a secondary violation in the recruitment of offensive lineman Zach DeBell from Tarpon Springs (Fla.) High School.

DeBell committed to Georgia during a visit to Athens on Friday.

After committing to the Bulldogs, DeBell posed for a photo with Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels. The photo was taken by Chip Towers, who writes for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The photo appears to violate NCAA guidelines prohibiting publicizing contact with a prospect.

DeBell is an unsigned prospect who can still be recruited by other schools. He won’t be eligible to sign his national letter of intent until Feb. 2.

The presence of Mr. Towers could also be a violation. According to NCAA recruiting rule 13.10.1, “A member institution shall not permit a media entity to be present during any recruiting contact made by an institution’s coaching staff member.”

This should not turn into a serious problem for Georgia. The UGA compliance department will likely report the mistake to the SEC office, which will turn the report over to the NCAA. Georgia will likely receive a letter of caution from the NCAA regarding the secondary violation.




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