By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Had he wanted to move to the offensive side of the ball, Walton defensive tackle Kyle Woestmann might be headed to Georgia Tech. Or Georgia. Or Florida.
But the 6-foot-4, 250-pound rising senior always favored defense, and that’s where he’ll play when he suits up as a Vanderbilt Commodore.
Woestmann committed to Vandy over the weekend, after settling the offensive lineman question he wrestled with for months. Offense is where Tech coach Paul Johnson envisioned him playing, and stipulated that he would give him a written scholarship offer if he agreed to play on that side of the ball. Georgia and Florida liked him on that side, too, and early on, Woestmann confessed to the AJC that deciding between the two left him “in a dilemma.”
But as he made his mind up about playing defense, Tech faded. Georgia rethought its position and settled on him playing defense, and that vaulted the Dogs in the hunt along with Boston College, Clemson, Ole Miss and Stanford.
In the end, however, defense and academics won. And Woestmann will get a good dose of both at Vandy.