Grant Radakovich, son of Georgia Tech AD, switches football teams

Grant Radakovich, the son of Georgia Tech’s athletics director Dan Radakovich, has changed his college football plans.

Radakovich signed a football scholarship with Mars Hill last February, but said he recently both requested and was requested a release. He is now committed to Mercer University.

OL-TE Grant Radakovich (Photo from RaidersFB.org)

OL-TE Grant Radakovich (Photo from RaidersFB.org)

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound tight end from Walton High School made the change of plans after visiting Mars Hill with his parents for orientation and student registration a couple of weeks ago. The NCAA Div. II school is located in rural North Carolina.

“I went up to Mars Hill and it was a beautiful campus and everything,” Radakovich told the AJC. “I really thought it was going to be the place for me. But after I went up there, looked around, and came back home, my parents and I talked about it. They said ‘We’re not really sure if it’s a good fit for you.’ I kind of agreed. I was kind of feeling that way, too.

“The coaching staff was great, and I was really excited about playing there. But I’m not sure if the other aspects of college life were going to work out for me there.”

Radakovich leaned on his father’s advice. “He said ‘You need to go where you feel like you’re going to fit in. Not just on the football field but in every aspect.’”

It was a tough phone call for the younger Radakovich to make to the Mars Hill coaches. “They weren’t mad, but they were disappointed. They really wanted me to play football there. But, overall, they were great about the situation.”

Instead, Radakovich will enroll play at Mercer, a new program which will begin playing games for the 2013 season. His other options were walking on at Georgia Tech or enrolling as a student-only at Clemson.

“When I signed, it came down to Mars Hill or Mercer,” he said. “It was really close. I kept their number in my phone just in case … I’m excited about being part of their program now.”

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12 comments Add your comment

Paddy

April 25th, 2012
6:39 am

Does Mercer have a stadium now or will they play at the one of the hs stadiums? Who is the Mercer hc?

gt4ever

April 25th, 2012
7:42 am

Are you kidding…. Good Grief…. I could have waited all year to read this article…

crackbaby

April 25th, 2012
8:06 am

@gt4ever

C’mon MAN! He’s DRad’s son. They are gonna write about it. Glad he’s not walking on at Tech – would create an uncomfortable situation that DPJ and DRad would handle fine, but the media would make it an issue.

student athlete

April 25th, 2012
8:52 am

WOW, the son of GT AD breaking his commitment after signing LOI, talk about screwing the pooch!

Moobs Johnson

April 25th, 2012
10:44 am

Smart kid, chose a brand new program rather than taking a step down to go to GT.

the real Old Gold

April 25th, 2012
10:52 am

Mercer head coach is Bobby Lamb (former Furman HC). He’s the brother of Calhoun High School head coach Hal Lamb. Their father works (or worked?) for Mark Richt at UGA in recruiting/player relation etc.

Ivey77GaDawg

April 25th, 2012
10:58 am

Mercer is located in Macon, GA. Mercer University is a private institution that was founded in 1833. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,509 and the campus size is 150 acres. Mercer University’s ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 9. Its tuition and fees are $31,548 (2011-12) The Board of Trustees last November unanimously approved the University’s return to competition in intercollegiate football in 2013, ending a 70-year hiatus for the sport at Mercer. The first intercollegiate football game played in the state was between Mercer and the University of Georgia in 1892. The facility will accommodate 6,000 spectators.

Stang

April 25th, 2012
11:36 am

Welcome..you are now a Mercer Bear. Looking forward to seeing you play.

UGA = Yawn

April 25th, 2012
11:44 am

He should have picked Clemson as a student.

UGA = Yawn

April 25th, 2012
12:13 pm

I take that back. If he could have ‘walked-on’ at GT – I assume that means he had the grades to get into GT. He should have come to GT as a student.

Crap

April 25th, 2012
4:19 pm

It’s newsworthy, but barely.

tjhook

April 26th, 2012
12:10 am

I’m a former Mercer student (got my degree through a distance learning program because the school didn’t have a active journalism program when I attended -moved to Texas). I still bleed orange and black because of the time I spent there. Good choice, kid. You have the chance to grow with the program and will probrably get an opportunity to work in administration by the time you graduate.