The rumors that shrouded the UGA football program last week meant it was important to see how the team’s commitments and targets felt about the situation.
The reaction of 4-star receiver Charlie Woerner might seem simple or even predictable, but that’s not a bad thing. It is just an honest reflection of how much he loves UGA.
“I’m not worried,” Woerner said. “I’ve been hearing some things about Mark Richt not being back, but I just think it is all drama for now. I think it is really kind of silly.”
UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is his lead recruiter. Woerner at first wondered what the other commitments were thinking, but then shared his honest opinion.
“I’m not worried about all that talk and all that Coach Pruitt stuff,” Woerner said. “It is not like I am going to de-commit or anything.”
The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder is rated as the No. 24 receiver in the nation for 2016. Scott Woerner, his uncle, was an All-American at UGA. He was a part of the national championship team in 1980.
The younger Woerner has an advanced understanding of football at the next level.
“College football is a business,” Charlie Woerner said. “Coaches come and go so you can’t commit based on a coach who could be gone the next day or the next season.”
Woerner said he’d even go to UGA if Mark Richt was no longer the head coach.
“It would be a little weird,” Charlie Woerner said. “It would definitely be a curveball not knowing who the head coach is going to be. But I guess I am more committed to (the) Georgia football than I am all of the coaches. But I’m rooting for Mark Richt to stay, though. I sure hope he stays. He should stay at Georgia.”
Woerner committed shortly after Dawg Night and saw no need to draw things out. He was also interested in Alabama and Oregon, but only visited UGA over the summer on his camp tour. He’s been bothered by a sore hip this season but was able to bounce back last week to catch six passes for 93 yards and his seventh touchdown of 2015.
Check out a few of his highlight clips from this season below:
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.