What does an offensive tackle mean to a football team?
Depending on your team's style of play, it could be a key ingredient for a successful passing game to protecting a quarterback from an intense pass rusher.
It could also be a major key to an effective running game to help spring a running back through a hole and take it for a touchdown.
With that being said, what does Zach DeBell mean for the University of Georgia?
Debell will play that position after he committed to the Bulldogs this past Friday evening, becoming the 14th of a 15 member group of new players in the team's 2011 recruiting class.
The offensive lineman, a Tarpon Springs, FL native, also considered SEC rivals Tennessee and South Carolina along with in-state rival Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. Debell possesses a great amount of talent with a great advantage of being 6'6'' and almost 270 pounds.
The blue chip player is ranked very highly, most notably 14th by rivals.com for his position, while being listed as the 115th best high school player by the same recruiting service.
Now that I’ve introduced you to the prospect, let's move on to the part of the story that will be interesting to the NCAA...
As you see on the above link, there is a picture of DeBell with offensive line coach Stacy Searels at the event in Athens this weekend.
The NCAA rules book, Bylaw 13.10.1 states, “A member institution shall not permit a media entity to be present during any recruiting contact made by an institution’s coaching staff member.”
Adding to that rule, Bylaw 13.10.5 states, “a member institution shall not publicize (or arrange for publicity of) a prospective student-athlete’s visit to the institution’s campus. Further, a prospective student-athlete may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospective student-athlete’s visit to the institution.”
In the bylaws mentioned above, Georgia has more than sufficiently violated these Secondary rules with DeBell in one simple snapshot over the weekend.
How will the NCAA react to the blossoming situation? In addition, will there be penalties leveled against the Bulldogs?
As of right now, Georgia got their blue chip recruit, but did they get more than they asked for with one single player?