Pope offensive lineman Thomas O’Reilly received an official scholarship offer from Georgia Tech on Friday. And the Yellow Jackets made quite a splash in doing so.
Tech didn’t simply mail O’Reilly an offer letter. It was hand-delivered by assistant coaches Brian Bohannon and Todd Spencer.
“They came in and gave me a letter which I then gave to Thomas O’Reilly offering him a scholarship,” Pope coach Matt Kemper said. “They hand-delivered it but they followed all the channels and did the right things.”
It was just the first of what promises to be dozens of offers for this 2011 prospect. The 6-foot-3, 313-pound O’Reilly also is being recruited by Georgia, Alabama and Vanderbilt, among others.
“Thomas is a heck of a player and a good kid and he’s going to have decisions to make,” Kemper said. “I’m sure this is the first of a lot of offers. Everybody in the country will probably end up offering this kid.”
You’d have to say the Yellow Jackets have the inside track.
“He’s been going down there for games and other things and certainly seems to like it down there,” Kemper said. “They’ve sure got a lot of great things happening down there. Coach Johnson really has it going on and Thomas is excited about the opportunity.”
Kemper can only hope his star lineman is not distracted for tonight’s game against Milton.
“He seemed very happy,” Kemper said. “Hopefully he’ll be focused on the game. You’re happy for the kid. You hope that maybe it gives him a little extra spring in his step tonight and knock a couple of folks off the football.”
This was his first one.