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Kessler signing with UGA

A day after losing out a top basketball target for 2012, UGA picked up a commitment from Landmark Christian (Ga.) forward Houston Kessler, a legacy and the son of former Georgia player Chad Kessler.

Kessler and his father signed a letter of intent on Tuesday night with plans for Chad to fax it to UGA on Wednesday morning, Houston's mother told Dawgs247.

"He's very excited," she said. "He's made his mind up."

Once the signing is official, Kessler will become the fourth signee to UGA's 2012 class, joining Charles Mann, Kenny Gaines and Brandon Morris, each of whom signed in November.

UGA coach Mark Fox said last week he had a scholarship available for one new signee during the NCAA's late period. Miller Grove five-star forward Tony Parker selected UCLA over UGA on Monday.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Kessler recently received an offer from Mississippi State to go along with a list of smaller programs who had shown interest to this point.

He averaged 22.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game during his senior season of high school.

"What people like about me is that I am versatile," Kessler recently told 247Sports. "I can shoot from the perimeter and I am a decent ball-handler and I can play with my back to the basket. I am not as quick as I need to be and I know that will get better and I will also increase my weight."


UPDATED 4:52 p.m.

UGA has confirmed Kessler as the fourth signee to the Bulldogs' 2012 class.

"Houston is a skilled forward,” Mark Fox said in a statement. “He is a great shooter and rebounder, and we are looking forward to having him join our team next year.”

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