Ex-Georgia Tech recruit Junior Gnonkonde committed to North Carolina on Sunday night.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end from Lanier County High School picked North Carolina over offers from South Carolina, Wake Forest, Central Florida, Syracuse and Louisiana Tech, among others.
“He met with the head coach before the basketball game and said ‘I’m comfortable; I don’t need to look anywhere else,’” said Lanier County athletics director John White, who is also Junior’s legal guardian.
“I tried to get him to wait and Junior said that he didn’t need to wait, so he went ahead and committed.”
Gnonkonde was Georgia Tech’s first commitment for 2012, pledging to the Yellow Jackets last February. However, 10 days ago, Gnonkonde said Paul Johnson informed him that his scholarship offer was being withdrawn because his test score “was too low.” White disputes the claim.
After becoming a free agent, Gnonkonde became a hot commodity, picking up a half-dozen offers. He will sign with North Carolina on Wednesday and expects to be eligible to play next season.
Both Junior and his guardian interveiwed separately with North Carolina’s athletic director and director of admissions during this weekend’s official vist. “He does not have to take the test but we are taking it,” White said. “It’s not an issue. They are taking him as he is with his academics.”
Sunday was busy for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets lost one recruit and gained one — while another one remains undecided:
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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