The Florida Gators may be on the brink of offering a football scholarship to ex-Georgia Tech commit Junior Gnonkonde.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end from Lanier County High School was the first commitment of Georgia Tech’s recruiting class last February. However, Gnonkonde had his scholarship offer from the Yellow Jackets withdrawn last week after being told that his test scores were too low.
Gnonkonde has been a hot commodity ever since. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson personally called Central Florida coach George O’Leary to get Gnonkonde a football offer without UCF ever seeing him. Since then, Gnonkonde has added offers from North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, South Carolina, Marshall, and Louisiana Tech, according to Lanier County athletics director John White, who is also Gnonkonde’s legal guardian.
And then there’s Florida.
“Will Muschamp called me twice the other day about Junior,” White said. “They love him, but they’ve got 25 guys they think they’re going to sign next week. However, three of four could fall through on signing day. If so, it could open up a spot for Gnonkonde.”
What could really create a domino effect is LB Josh Harvey-Clemons of Lowndes. He will announce between UGA, Florida and FSU at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
“On that second phone call, Coach Muschamp said that they will know about Josh around 9:15 a.m.,” White said. “If Josh does not go to Florida, then Josh’s offer will go to Junior. We might sign that one. We just don’t know yet.”
Gnonkonde left for a midweek visit to Louisiana Tech on Wednesday. While at the airport, he visited with a Syracuse assistant for 45 minutes. This weekend, Gnonkonde has decided to visit North Carolina over Central Florida, South Carolina and Wake Forest.
What about the test score? All of the schools that have offered are willing to sign Gnonkonde on Wednesday and want him to retake the ACT/SAT. “They all think he’s going to make it and be just fine,” White said.
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