Highly touted New Hanover football recruit commits to Georgia

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After making final visits to campuses at UNC, N.C. State and The University of Georgia, highly touted New Hanover High School rising senior Garrett Walston verbally committed to the University of Georgia this week, ending what’s been a lengthy recruiting process for the 6-4, 225-pound tight end.

Garrett Walston. File photo.
Garrett Walston. File photo.

Listed as a three-star recruit by many of the scouting services in the nation, Walston had more than a dozen programs interested in his talents, but the Wildcat star narrowed his choices down to three schools.

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In the recently updated list released by Scout 300, a multimedia network which produces content on a variety of sports, Walston was ranked as the top tight end in North Carolina, the seventh ranked player at his position in the south and 16th ranked tight end out of the 58 listed.

He decided in late May to push back his looming decision after previously announcing his intentions to make a commitment so he could visit each of the schools one last time.

Described by scouts as “a very natural pass-catcher with soft hands and knows what to do with the ball when he gets it,” Walston was thought to be leaning toward the Wolfpack of N.C. State prior to postponing his announcement, before ultimately deciding between Georgia and Carolina.

Walston will sign an official letter of intent during National Signing Day in February 2016 and will get back on the field for New Hanover to continue preparations for his senior season after the high school dead period comes to a close at the end of this week.