Georgia Tech made a pass at Lithonia defensive end Dave Mann, a longtime commitment to N.C. State.
The Yellow Jackets allegedly extended a scholarship offer last weekend to Mann, according to Lithonia coach Marcus Jelks. But whether it was a hard offer from Tech or just an attempt to gauge interest remains unclear.
“Dave was kind of excited about the [Tech] offer, and said he was going to consider it,” Jelks said. “However, N.C. State came to the school [on Tuesday] and spent a lot of time with him. I’m pretty sure that Dave will stay with N.C. State.”
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Mann said he met with Georgia Tech assistant Joe Speed last Thursday — and he was informed that a scholarship had come open at his position. Mays defensive end Darrius Caldwell, who was previously committed to Georgia Tech, switched to Illinois on Sunday after taking an official visit to the Big 10 school (academic issues reportedly played a factor in Caldwell’s decision to part with the Jackets).
“Coach Speed said that Darrius was gone and I could fill that spot,” he said. However, Mann said he understood it to be a “verbal” offer from Georgia Tech and not scholarship papers, therefore he doesn’t consider any to be official until he sees the papers.
Mann says he remains committed to N.C. State but is intrigued by the Yellow Jackets.
“All of this happened so fast, it’s kind of hard to say how I feel about [Tech],” Mann said. “It’s a great school and close to home. But it’s so close to [next Wednesday's] signing day. I don’t want to get in trouble with N.C. State and say anything wrong. . . . So while I appreciate Georgia Tech’s attention, I would probably not be interested.”
However, Mann did not rule out talking over the phone with Georgia Tech’s coaches within the next few days.
Georgia Tech has always had Mann on its recruiting radar, with him attending a couple of games this past season. However, the two parties hadn’t had much contact since Mann committed to N.C. State over West Virginia in October.
At the time, Mann didn’t hold an offer from Georgia Tech.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting