Here’s some more information on Georgia Tech’s “top secret” recruit from Australia, Adam Gotsis.
He’s the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder from Melbourne, Australia, who is taking an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend, has been offered a football scholarship, and may commit to the Yellow Jackets the end of the weekend.
Gotsis was recommended to Georgia Tech by Paul Manera, who represents Australia on the Technical Committee for the International Federation of American Football.
“My connection to Georgia Tech is with coaches Paul Johnson and Mike Sewak,” Manera said in an email. “Coach Johnson recruited me from a [Mississippi junior college] to play offensive tackle for him at Hawaii, where I lettered from 1989-91. During this time, Coach Sewak was my offensive line coach and we have stayed in touch with each other over the years. I recommended Adam to Coach Sewak as a person that I believe can play Div. I football.”
Note: Johnson was Hawaii’s offensive coordinator from 1987-94, while Sewak was an assistant at the same time. Sewak has served as Georgia Tech’s co-offensive line coach the past four seasons.
Back to the Australian football prospect: What makes Manera think Gotsis can play? “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.”
We tried to catch up with Gotsis over Skype or the telephone earlier in the week, but ended up exchanging emails due to the time differences and other logistics. Here were a few questions over email with Gotsis:
Go here for more background on the Australia DT. We can confirm that Gotsis arrived safely from his long journey from Australia to Georgia Tech because a couple of reporters noticed him while leaving a press conference on campus. They said he looked every bit of 6-5 and 295 but lean and muscular. Also, Georgia Tech’s coaches were reportedly upset that word got out about Gotsis visiting this weekend because they were hoping to keep him a “secret” from competing colleges until National Signing Day.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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