Mitchell Wasson is no longer committed to Alabama and that means he is taking another hard look at attending UGA. He would fill a need in the Class of 2016 as the program did not sign a kicker after Marshall Morgan exhausted his eligibility.
Wasson shared word on social media on Tuesday he was backing off his decision to attend Alabama. Does that give UGA another chance?
“Most definitely,” he told DawgNation.
UPDATE: He also added that he plans to make his decision by the end of this week.
First and foremost, we are not discussing a five-star or a four-star recruit. We’re talking about the unique path to big-time college football followed by most kickers. Wasson went on an official visit to UGA earlier this year and really liked what he saw.
That said, he still chose Alabama. That “chose” part meant that he accepted the offer to be a preferred walk-on to join the football team. Kickers have to impress in practice to win the job and perform well in games. That’s what Wasson said UGA coach Kirby Smart told him about the future of scholarship kickers at UGA.
Wasson would also like to attend both Florida and Alabama, but there are currently scholarship kickers at both programs. The Crimson Tide has a veteran kicker in his final season of eligibility. Florida just signed the top junior college kicking prospect in the country.
What are the top schools on Wasson’s mind now?
“UGA being number one,” he said. “I would go to Florida if I can get a better offer there.”
The senior from Lassiter High in Metro Atlanta said he could still wind up at Alabama.
“I’m open to anyone,” Wasson said. “I’m going to pick the best offer.”
The package in Athens is enhanced by the Hope Scholarship. He told DawgNation earlier this year he would qualify to have his tuition and books paid for if he enrolled at UGA. That financial aid incentive would not be available to him at Alabama or Florida, where he would also pay out-of-state tuition rates.
Wasson is not certain on any specific visits at this time.
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Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and 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.