Georgia Tech’s 2012 recruiting class has an international flavor.
Adam Gotsis, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive tackle from Australia, committed to Georgia Tech on Saturday night, one of his coaches wrote in an email to the AJC.
He is Georgia Tech’s second commitment within the last three days, joining DB Lynn Griffin of Jacksonville. On Friday, Georgia Tech also withdrew the scholarship offer to the first commitment of this year’s class, DE-LB Junior Gnondonke, because his coach was told his test score was not high enough.
Georgia Tech now has 16 commitments, and may sign as many as 19-20 on National Signing Day (Feb. 1). The top prospect in Georgia Tech’s class may be Central Gwinnett DE Francis Kallon, who moved from England last year.
Here’s more info on Gotsis: He was recommended to Georgia Tech by Paul Manera, who played for Paul Johnson and Yellow Jackets assistant Mike Sewak when they were both assistants at Hawaii. Here’s a scouting report on the mysterious Gotsis from Manera:
“I have watched Adam play and he is very competitive. He is very determined and coachable. He plays with a lot of heart, which is something you cannot measure in a weight room. He has the raw tools to excel and just needs to be in an environment where he can compete on a daily basis. He is also very coachable and I believe that he will be able to master the skills needed to play his position…
Adam is a good athlete. He has good flexibility and coordination for football. Adam has also played basketball and Australian rules football, so through this process this has enabled him to do a variety of movement patterns. Adam has good size, he’s nearly 6-5 and weighs 295 pounds, and he has a big frame to carry it as he does not look 295. Adam has a good nervous system and he will adapt very well to the strength and conditioning program at Georgia Tech.”
- One more note on Gotsis: If you want to get an idea about his talent and raw potential, he will be playing in the 2012 International Bowl at 5 p.m. on Feb. 1 in Austin, Texas. Gotsis plays on the World Team, while Team USA has a ton of big-name prospects scheduled to play on it, including RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C. (committed to UGA) and QB Jameis Winston of Hueytown, Ala. (committed to FSU).