Breaking: Charlie Woerner commits to UGA (UPDATED)

Charlie Woerner at Dawg Night (Joshua Jones/Special for AJC)

Charlie Woerner at Dawg Night (Joshua Jones/Special for AJC)

The nephew of the one of all-time UGA football greats has committed to the Bulldogs.

Charlie Woerner, a 4-star tight end from Rabun County High School, picked UGA over Alabama and Clemson on Thursday. His uncle is former Bulldogs All-American Scott Woerner.

“It was last week when Charlie decided he wanted to go to Georgia,” his father Kent Woerner told the AJC. “He called us into the living room and said ‘Mom and Dad, I am thinking about committing to Georgia next week.’ His mom and I just looked at each other, and said ‘OK, Charlie. Are you sure? You’re not just doing this because it’s the easiest thing to do?’ He said, ‘No, it’s the best fit for me.’

“He liked all the things that Coach Richt talked about with the program, with the academics and helping the players after football. Charlie has heard me say this to all his brothers and sisters, ‘Your education comes first.’ That’s what he’s going to be focused on — getting his education and playing for the Dawgs.”

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Woerner is rated as the state’s of Georgia’s No. 13 overall prospect, and he would likely be in the top five if he did the camp circuit. He is commitment No. 14 for UGA’s 2016 class, and the third at receiver.

Even though UGA was always considered a “lock” to land Woerner due to the family connections, it wasn’t an easy road for the Bulldogs. They first told Woerner that he was being recruited at tight end. He prefers receiver, and UGA made it clear that he could play there when Woerner attended 7-on-7 camp with the Bulldogs last month.

His uncle, Scott Woerner, sealed UGA’s 1980 national championship with an interception late against Notre Dame.

Woerner only made two visits this summer, both to UGA. He was at Saturday’s Dawg Night prospect camp.

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