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Georgia adds Lassiter kicker Mitchell Wasson to 2016 kicking competition

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Lassiter kicker Mitchell Wasson with Georgia head coach Kirby Smart during a visit.
Lassiter kicker Mitchell Wasson with Georgia head coach Kirby Smart during a visit.

Georgia has added a kicker for the 2016 season.

On Wednesday, Lassiter place-kicking prospect Mitchell Wasson announced on his Twitter account that he has decided to commit to the Bulldogs. This comes only a day after announcing his decommitment from Alabama.

Wasson will be a preferred walk-on as Georgia does not have any kickers on scholarship with four-year starter Marshall Morgan graduating. As with any position, the opportunity to earn a scholarship will exist.

Georgia has two kickers already on its roster who are looking to replace Morgan. Rodrigo Blankenship redshirted during the 2015 season and William Ham, a Macon native who attended Stratford, officially rejoined the program in January. Wasson will join the competition this fall during preseason practice.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart previously has stated his concern for the place-kicker position based on no one returning with any game experience.

"We really don’t know as a staff exactly what we’ve got," Smart said. "We’ll find that out in the spring. We’re going to try to get some kids in here whether it’s by way of transfer or by way of walk-on. We’re going to try to get the best kickers we can to try to make that a competitive environment and improve the kicking game and essentially find a guy that can be the field goal kicker for us."

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