Former Kentucky defensive lineman Nermin Delic has signed a letter of intent with Georgia State. He said he will enroll for the summer semester.
Delic, from Tunnel Hill where he was a standout at Northwest Whitfield, said Georgia State was the only school he visited.
The 6-4, 265-pound Delic was attracted by coach Bill Curry, the bond he made with Anthony Midget and the defensive staff, the move to the FBS-level Sun Belt Conference and the fact that two of his former teammates, Donald Russell and Alex Smith, are on the team. He said he spoke to Smith before he made his decision, and that Russell showed him around the campus during his visit.
“I know Georgia State is pretty young football wise,” he said. “I ‘d like to become part of that, building up that program.”
Delic, whose family moved from Bosnia to the U.S. when he was 6 years old, was rated by ESPN as one of the better tight ends in the country, He originally committed to Maryland, but signed with Kentucky because it was reported that he wanted to be closer to home. He earned playing time for the Wildcats in 2010 on the defensive line, which is where he will play for Georgia State. He played in eight games for the Wildcats, with five tackles and a sack.
Delic didn’t play in 2011 after undergoing three surgeries: double groin surgery, a blood clot in his right shoulder and the removal of the first rib to prevent further blood clots. He was released from Kentucky in April after violating team rules.
“I had a lot of complications in my life,” he said. “I wasn’t sure what I needed to. I’m ready to make the best of the situation.”
He said those complications have been resolved.
Panthertalk.com first reported on Delic’s commitment.
Delic was a first-team all-state defensive lineman in Class AAAA, named by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.