The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have officially offered a scholarship to Australian Adam Gotsis, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting. The 6-foot-5, 295 lb. lineman is in Atlanta visiting the Yellow Jackets this weekend. Gotsis projects to play as a defensive lineman for Tech.
As we previously reported, the long distance courtship of Melbourne native Gotsis and the Yellow Jackets has drawn interesting coverage from down under. The AJC reports the connection is between Tech head coach Paul Johnson and Paul Manera, who serves a position representing Australia on the International Federation of American Football (who knew?). Manera was once recruited by Johnson to play at Hawaii in 1989.
In addition, apparently Tech coaches are angry the news about Gotsis is out:
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.
We've seen this before, but only in movies about football.