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Change of heart?: Mitchell County star Scott-Wesley suddenly waffling on verbal to UGA

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

CAMILLA -- In an already down season, the Georgia Bulldogs got another piece of potentially bad news Sunday.

Mitchell County receiver Justin Scott-Wesley told The Herald late Sunday night that he is leaning toward changing his mind about his verbal commitment to Georgia and is actively considering other schools.

Scott, who verbally committed to the Bulldogs during the GHSA state track and field meet in spring after winning the 100- and 200-meter Class AA state titles, said he is concerned about the future of Georgia coach Mark Richt and Richt's coaching staff.

"I've been hearing things about the stability of the coaching staff at Georgia,'' Scott-Wesley said. "There are rumors that Mark Richt might get fired or may be leaving to take another job. People, fans of Georgia, have been calling for his head for the past two or three years, and I am a little worried about the coaching situation there.''

Scott-Wesley visited Louisville over the weekend and liked "everything about the school.'' He told Scout.com that the visit was a "10" and added that he was considering accepting a scholarship from the Cardinals.

"I liked the town, the school, the facilities, everything,'' Scott-Wesley told The Herald. "I liked the whole atmosphere. I wouldn't say it was one thing. After I visited there it kind of changed things. I'm considering Louisville. I'm still a soft verbal commitment to Georgia, but I want to see what else is out there.

"Louisville looks like a better opportunity for me. They have a new coaching staff at Louisville. They want to get their guys in there. They told me I could have an immediate impact.''

Scott-Wesley has changed his mind before. He originally made a verbal commitment to Stanford as a junior, then changed his mind and announced he want to become a Bulldog in a much-talked-about ceremony atop the podium at the state track meet after winning the second of his two state championships. He set a record in the 100 with the fifth fastest time in the nation, and also plans to run track in college.

Scott-Wesley added that he has plans to make an official visit to Maryland on the weekend of Dec. 10, and he also plans to make an official visit to Georgia. He has been to Athens several times but has never had an official visit with the Bulldogs.

"I plan on visiting Georgia some time in December,'' Scott-Wesley said. "After the visit (to Louisville), I kind of saw some new things. I'm still going to visit Georgia. I would say it's (still) a soft commitment, not 100 percent.''