Australian DT Adam Gotsis commits to Georgia Tech

DT Adam Gotsis from Australia (Photo courtesy of Paul Manera)

DT Adam Gotsis from Australia (Photo courtesy of Paul Manera)

Georgia Tech’s 2012 recruiting class has an international flavor.

Adam Gotsis, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive tackle from Australia, committed to Georgia Tech on Saturday night, one of his coaches wrote in an email to the AJC.

He is Georgia Tech’s second commitment within the last three days, joining DB Lynn Griffin of Jacksonville. On Friday, Georgia Tech also withdrew the scholarship offer to the first commitment of this year’s class, DE-LB Junior Gnondonke, because his coach was told his test score was not high enough.

Georgia Tech now has 16 commitments, and may sign as many as 19-20 on National Signing Day (Feb. 1). The top prospect in Georgia Tech’s class may be Central Gwinnett DE Francis Kallon, who moved from England last year.

Here’s more info on Gotsis: He was recommended to Georgia Tech by Paul Manera, who played for Paul Johnson and Yellow Jackets assistant Mike Sewak when they were both assistants at Hawaii. Here’s a scouting report on the mysterious Gotsis from Manera:

“I have watched Adam play and he is very competitive. He is very determined and coachable. He plays with a lot of heart, which is something you cannot measure in a weight room. He has the raw tools to excel and just needs to be in an environment where he can compete on a daily basis. He is also very coachable and I believe that he will be able to master the skills needed to play his position …

“Adam is a good athlete. He has good flexibility and coordination for football. Adam has also played basketball and Australian rules football, so through this process this has enabled him to do a variety of movement patterns. Adam has good size, he’s nearly 6-5 and weighs 295 pounds, and he has a big frame to carry it as he does not look 295.  Adam has a good nervous system and he will adapt very well to the strength and conditioning program at Georgia Tech.”

  • One more note on Gotsis: If you want to get an idea about his talent and raw potential, he will be playing in the 2012 International Bowl at 5 p.m. on Feb. 1 in Austin, Texas. When we find out when and if it will be broadcast on TV or over the Internet, we will post it. Gotsis plays on the World Team, while Team USA has a ton of big-name prospects scheduled to play on it, including RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, N.C. (committed to UGA) and QB Jameis Winston of Hueytown, Ala. (committed to FSU).

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79 comments Add your comment

WnE

January 22nd, 2012
1:26 am

I’ve got a good nervous system also, which is why i am FIRST!!!!!

Bug Zapper

January 22nd, 2012
1:28 am

It’s clear Tech oversigned and dropped the Junior kid for the new flavor of the week from Australia.
Pathetic.
10 of 11 is easily going to become 20 of 21 it even 40 of 41 the way things are going.

Fools.

Bug Zapper

January 22nd, 2012
1:30 am

Australia!!!!????

Now maybe they can beat Georgia!!!!!!

Fools.

GT

January 22nd, 2012
1:35 am

Dude you keep talking about a win. When you rednecks catch us in national championships… Call me!!

APS coach

January 22nd, 2012
1:36 am

All this talent in Atlanta and Paul Johnson is recruiting other continents? WTH? Paul Johnson has never even walked in our schools. He has no connection to high school coaches in Atlanta. He’s invisible.

Ramblin Man

January 22nd, 2012
2:30 am

Welcome to the Flats and oddly enough America. Will be interesting to follow this kid. Hope that side bar about Kallon is correct because I hear ND is pushing hard and Kallon is wavering.
WnE that was actually funny and I am still waiting for a response on the blog about Junior.
Bug Zapper you hit the nail on the head GT can take 20 and had to dump one of it’s best recruits to make room for the 4 secret ones. Your theory would hold more water if CPJ cut a Junior that has no playing time instead of a potentioly good LB.

Ramblin Man

January 22nd, 2012
2:33 am

I still want to see the scale while the kid is standing on it that says 295.

Stinger2

January 22nd, 2012
3:45 am

Gotsis has the potential to help GT. Otherwise CPJ would not have signed him. No coach would sign a player he did not think would contribute.
Hopefully Bug Zapper has finished with his nonsense and went to bed.

GTRules

January 22nd, 2012
4:22 am

Leave Bug Zapper alone. His mom made him turn the computer off and brush his tooth before bedtime.

GTpak

January 22nd, 2012
7:02 am

If this is true, I’m embarrassed and so should the folks at Tech be embarrassed about notifying this kid, they should be ashamed. The admissions department needs to look into making their process more efficient. Maybe they need a couple of IE’s to review their process.

I would think CPJ would know if a kids scores and grades are good enough if he will make it or be borderline and tell him. But maybe with all of the privacy laws he can’t see the scores.

Bringitonsports

January 22nd, 2012
7:05 am

Hi Ramblin Man please click on this link of Adam and he looks all of 6′5 and 295 pounds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxkFXIuy7cY

TDone

January 22nd, 2012
7:16 am

Sounds like the kid from Lanier County may have slacked off during his senior year. His high school coach is trying to protect him.

HighTech

January 22nd, 2012
7:37 am

Sometimes clerks and administrators in college admissions and financial aid departments are incompetent. I rationalize this by saying it’s training the student for future dealings with human resources departments at work.

Jacket Man

January 22nd, 2012
7:38 am

First, welcome to Adam, and his family, to GA Tech! It’s unfortunate that much of your first exposure to American Collegiate Football will be/has now been with juveniles who would prefer to drop their drawers at one another rather than act like civilized people and just enjoy the sport like adults.

Next, regarding the situation with Junior. He, and his high school coach, knew he wasn’t going to qualify academically to GA Tech back in November, but failed to notify the Jacket coaches until recently. Paul Johnson did not pull his scholarship until he was told he wouldn’t qualify, meaning he froze that one from being used for anyone else during the course of the recruiting season since Junior committed almost a year ago.

By not telling the GA Tech coaches until a couple of weeks before signing day meant that most of their previous top secondary targets had already committed elsewhere, Junior actually had a better chance at getting a great second choice than GA Tech has at getting his replacement so close to signing day.

So if there’s anyone who caught the short end of the stick in this affair, it was GA Tech, not the recruit. And still, rather than pout, GA Tech’s coaching staff still tried to help Junior quickly find an alternative.

hiveredtech

January 22nd, 2012
7:48 am

BugZapper

You have no clue….we can sign as many as 21…we have plenty of room for Junior and love him as a prospect and a person.

It is just a sad deal that he committed as a junior in high school…before he took the SAT. No one expected trouble because his GPA is a 3.4. However, after multiple attempts he cannot crack it. It does not mean he is not smart…there is just an SAT taking issue there.

He does meet the NCAA minimum….but GT’s standards are much higher. Our team can take three exceptions per year….but even the exception minimum is higher than the NCAA minimum.

This is a sad situation and something that will certainly repeat every year as the offer/commit process happens earlier and earlier every year. It happened last year to Darius Caldwell of Mays High School.

This was not a situation that had anything to do with making room. We passed on recruiting some other good OLB prospects that are committed to other ACC/SEC schools because Junior had the spot. We never thought he would not make it.

grades

January 22nd, 2012
7:48 am

Junior’s mid term grades for his senior year were not up to standard (they just came out this month) thats what did him in

Supersize that order, mutt

January 22nd, 2012
8:13 am

Jacket Man, you are 100% correct on that point. ALREADY, because of the homer staff of the AJC, Tech, and Johnson in particular, is being made to look like the bad guy. The FACT is that Junior did not make the grade, and as soon as those test results were MADE AVAILABLE to Johnson, he had no choice but to drop him. I’m definitely sorry that it happened, since Junior apparently really wanted to come to Tech, but it’s HIS fault, not Tech’s, and certainly not Johnson’s.

collegeballfan

January 22nd, 2012
8:14 am

“The admissions department needs to look into making their process more efficient.”

Actually admissions gave the kid an 8 month notice that he would not be admitted.

Johnson could have signed the kid, and then told him in August that he would not be admitted. That is what UGA has done repeatedly over the years. Then they scramble and get the kid into a junior college for a year or two.

The problem is the high school coach thinking that NCAA minimum scores gets one into GT. Every person that can read knows getting into GT is tougher than getting into most colleges.

HighTech

January 22nd, 2012
8:17 am

Jacket Man… I think yours is the most intelligent post I’ve ever read on these blogs. Thank you.

DawginSewer

January 22nd, 2012
8:37 am

We wants theses player but Ms. Richt wants us dumb. We`s lives in the seweres beneath Sanford Staduium, and grews muchrooms and grows plants to smokes.

The Walmart mgrs were heres last night recriuitsisn us to unloads the big trucks. Ms.
Rcihts gets us gooods jobs.

Ruff, ruff

chas_jacket

January 22nd, 2012
8:40 am

Kudo’s to Jacket Man on a savvy post – guess the trolls are hungover still. CPJ’s only error was probably in thinking that a borderline academic prospect could qualify with a year to try. But it’s better for Junior to make the switch now and not after he fails out.

Gotsis sounds like he has the size and speed to be a potential game changer – and the Aussies are tough – great combination and worth the risk.

foothills

January 22nd, 2012
8:49 am

APS coach -I would think the staff is aware of talent in Atlanta IF THEY QUALIFY. Usually they are steered to the factories.

Muffin

January 22nd, 2012
9:09 am

Pieces falling into place …….

Like I said, time and time again.

2012.

THE SWARM ………..

GT Fan

January 22nd, 2012
9:26 am

I’m so proud of this class. We’ve got a lot of really nice, smart quality young men that will be valued for years to come!

Go Jackets!!

GT Fan

January 22nd, 2012
9:39 am

As far as Junior G.’s pulling back of offer from GT, this was posted somewhere else and thought I’d share:

No one surprised anyone unless they (the high school coaches) thought we would take him whether he met the requirement or not. Everyone knew what target needed to be reached…..just never thought he may not be it.

let me just say it….he knew he had to improve his test score. EVERYONE thought it would be no problem (us, him, his school, his teachers, his coaches, etc.) as he has good grades. However…it could not clear the hump. There is definitely a test taking problem to deal with.

If you want to lay blame…but it on the Lanier County School System for having someone with a 3.4 GPA but struggles mightily with the SAT.

Once again…and let me emphasize this…he committed early…very early. We have tons of kids with 2013 offers that we would take commitments from now and they do not have a qualifying test score yet. However, we stick with the kid as long as he is doing everything he can to get it…especially when there is no reason to believe he cannot.

chas_jacket

January 22nd, 2012
9:53 am

Agree GT fan.
Don’t you think it’s interesting that the trolls who like to post here are adamant that a) CPJ can’t recruit against the mighty dogs/SEC and b) We use academics as a crutch/excuse. I wonder what the response will be now that UGA is looking at a GT recruit who didn’t make the cut academically

1 4 GT

January 22nd, 2012
10:04 am

Why are all of these Georgie DWAG mutts acting all high & mighty about the kid losing his scholarship because of his grades=scores? Do they think this has never happened at their beloved U of Georgie? I can assure them that at some point in time, it most certainly has. I myself know of a kid back in 1968 (this would have been his freshman year), that encountered the same deal with the beloved V Dooley and U of Georgie. He was one heck of a full back/defensive tackle in high school. He was not stupid, just a bad test taker. He still lives in Marietta, worked for the fire department for 25 years, bought a few rental houses and has been retired for at least 10 years living a good life. I relate the personal info to illustrate that he has enough smarts to have been a financial success in spite of not having the SAT score to gain admittance to the college of his choice. My younger brother is still good friends with him and I see him from time to time. So, get off your high horses trolls!!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO JACKETS THWG

Tech Fan Since 1950

January 22nd, 2012
10:06 am

I’m hoping somehow things still work out for Junior G to be a Jacket. He too is an international student now living in Lanier County. A commitment is based on a lot a factors including being eligible to be admitted into a school. If he committed in early 2011 as Tech’s first commitment one would think the folks on the Tech academic hill and the Tech coaches would have given Junior the green light. While some kids take the SAT early, maybe he didn’t take it until later and then the score was not projected to be high enough. I do not know the facts, but I am still hoping Junior can be admitted to Tech later if he can get a higher score and decides not to enroll in another college. Things happen sometimes, but this kid’s story is a good one and he seems, based strictly on what I have previously read in the media, like a good find for Tech and a good kid. Best wishes to him!

1 4 GT

January 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

And as for Adam Gostis from down under, this is a guy who wants to come to GT. He is apparently big & strong enough (and will get bigger & stronger) and based on comments from his “mates”, is mean enough & relentless enough to be a good defensive tackle. This is a guy we need, & defensive tackle is his position of choice. And his Mom approves of GT and Atlanta. This is the type GT needs and wants because it seems we have had a problem recruiting this type of player for the 3-4 defense. So, bring him on. GT and other schools will take a good player that fits their needs wherever they find one, just like the NFL. So, you trolls can your snide remarks and get a life.

chas_jacket

January 22nd, 2012
10:27 am

1 4 GT – It’s Gotsis by the way – agree with you he could have a real impact. Like to see him play defensive end in lieu of nose tackle. With his size and speed, few O lineman could keep up with him. Also people tend to forget about pat gamble – he was the #31 DT in the country per rivals – and we still have a shot at Dalvin T.

chas_jacket

January 22nd, 2012
10:37 am

rivals just stated we got out 17th commit – believe it may be a kicker? Anybody know who?

chas_jacket

January 22nd, 2012
10:38 am

Looks like it’s Ryan Rodwell – punter/kicker from deland,fl

DAWG UP YOURS

January 22nd, 2012
10:38 am

HighTech

January 22nd, 2012
10:50 am

6′-2″ 215 lbs. Good size for a kicker.

Coach Joe Paterno passed away.

chas_jacket

January 22nd, 2012
11:02 am

Sad what Jopa endured in his final days. I believe he was basically a decent man and while he didn’t handle the abuse properly, he is hardly the only person of his generation to find the subject to unpleasant to deal with – at least he did turn it over to authorities.

Anyway don’t know what to make of the scholarship for Rodwell. CPJ had stated he wasn’t going to give one to a kicker – although with his size he could play elsewhere possibly. It may not bode well on signing many others – regardless what the trolls say about the Junior G issue.

HighTech

January 22nd, 2012
12:07 pm

I’d say JoPa died from a broken heart.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 22nd, 2012
12:23 pm

HT, I think you are right about JoPa. PSU should not have FIRED him; that is a terrible word and a terrible fate. They should have simply relieved him of his duties with the kind of class that he showed while he was coaching. Sure, he apparently screwed up in the way he handled the scandal, but he didn’t condone or endorse what his assistant did; he just didn’t know how to handle. I doubt that many coaches would have done much different. I was never particularly a fan of JoPa, but I respected him and he deserved better.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 22nd, 2012
12:24 pm

One thing I really admire in the way CPJ has handled the deal with Junior G is that he didn’t give him a letter PROMISING him to take him next year after he had “improved.” UNLIKE that jerk Saban, CPJ has actually steered him to another college where he can get in now and possibly contribute next year.

Rick James

January 22nd, 2012
12:29 pm

In a couple of years Gotsis may be stud because I think he’s dying to be good at american football and will be very receptive to coaching.I’m not looking forward to seeing him chase UGA quarterbacks.

Ramblin Man

January 22nd, 2012
12:41 pm

Super I am stunned by this. WnE has yet to respond to my post yesterday.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 22nd, 2012
12:47 pm

RM, what post did you make to Wienie yesterday?

HighTech

January 22nd, 2012
12:58 pm

Ramblin Man

January 22nd, 2012
1:41 am
WnE please explain the upside to CPJ pulling this offer and I swear I will never respond negatively to you again. What does CPJ gain by pulling this offer? What great recruit out there is CPJ making room for? Why would CPJ burn himself with this school and surrounding schools for that matter? Scholarships were not really an issue with Machen leaving for microsoft, Smith removed, and Hill declaring. Junior was one of our best recruits and I am sure he is going to come out of this okay as many schools have already shown interest. Just please explain to me how this move helps GT and/or CPJ in any way without some stupid kung fu panda fish fry remark. Help me understand how this works out in your mind. Dieing to read your response.
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Good question. What say you, WnE?

HighTech

January 22nd, 2012
1:00 pm

Please read Jacket Man’s thoughtful 7:38 am post before you respond.

KeepDreaming

January 22nd, 2012
1:05 pm

Oh yea, If I’m a coach and I see that video, I’m all over him! LMFAO!! This is why you suck GT!!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 22nd, 2012
1:14 pm

HT, thanks; I remember now that original post by RM. And he’s right, of course; Wienie never replied, and I’m sure he never will. And regarding Jacket Man’s 7:38 post, I had already read it and thoroughly agreed with what he said.

Joe T

January 22nd, 2012
1:30 pm

GT plays the games that other schools do. Case in point 6′ 4″ 280 lbs OL Akil Hawkins of Fayette HS who was being recruited by GT – check out the article on Jacketonline web. He and Sandy Creek OL Will Adams(GT Commit) the best OL in Fayette. GT offers Hawkins a Preffered Walkon opportunity rather than a scholarship in the hopes (Hope & minority grants) that could land bigger name recruit which turns out to be Adam O.
As fate would have it, Hawkins turns down several D-1 offers and accepts a scholarship from Grambling State to play in a Pro set for Doug Williams(1st round pick QB & Super Bowl MVP). Moreover, Will adams

chas_jacket

January 22nd, 2012
1:37 pm

Supersize and Hi Tech – out of morbid curiosity, why do you want to hear anything wienie has to say? I would rather hear Newt G talk about the sanctity of marriage before hearing wienie talk about CPJ and GT recruiting

Supersize that order, mutt

January 22nd, 2012
1:43 pm

LOL @ chas_jacket. Sometimes it’s impossible not to read Wienie’s ignorant rantings. I know I shouldn’t, but I still do. I guess I need a life. lol

chas_jacket

January 22nd, 2012
1:48 pm

I guess I would mind so much if he didn’t charade as a GT alum/fan. Although I have seen several posts where he/she mistakenly referred to GT fans in the 3rd party … as in”You GT fans…” . Definite troll

HighTech

January 22nd, 2012
2:01 pm

I see no shame in someone being a GT fan without being a student or graduate. But it is shameful to say you are something when you clearly are not. He never answered my question about what handle he uses on GTSportsTalk, which he usually references and calls BBuzzoff or PPutzoff.