One of Florida’s best wrestlers will join Georgia Tech’s football team.
Offensive guard Trey Braun of Tallahassee’s Leon High committed to Georgia Tech over South Florida, Illinois and Arkansas on Friday. He is the fourth early pledge for the team’s 2011 football recruiting class.
“He’s a bright kid, and really took time to evaluate all of his options,” Leon coach Bill Ragans said. “Trey took an (unofficial) visit up there and really liked it. He liked everything about Georgia Tech, especially the academic end of it.”
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Braun called Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson with the news on Friday morning. Braun has a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and both of his parents are West Point graduates.
“He’s the best lineman I’ve coached in high school,” said Ragans, a former defensive coordinator at Colquitt County. “He has great size, he is very athletic and agile from wrestling, he’s hard-working and does everything you ask of him.
“He has everything you look for, in my opinion. He has all the measurements and can play the game of football.”
Braun is also considered among Florida’s elite in wrestling. He was undefeated until the second round of the state tournament, finishing with a 29-1 mark in the heavyweight division.
Last week, Braun took a recruiting trip across the Southeast to visit Georgia Tech, UGA, Alabama and Auburn. Georgia Tech was the only one of the four schools that had extended a scholarship offer, but the others were seriously interested.
The big surprise was Florida State, which is only a tomahawk throw away from Leon High. Ragans is also a former FSU football player. However, Braun was still under evaluation from the Seminoles.
“I think FSU would’ve been a good choice, being a local team,” Ragans said. “When they hadn’t offered yet, and Trey had visited Georgia Tech, he liked what he saw. His parents will get to see him play every other year here, and the games in Atlanta aren’t too far away.”
Braun is the second offensive lineman of the week to pledge to Georgia Tech, following in the footsteps of Monroe-Albany’s Bryan Chamberlain (6-4, 280).
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