Talented Student-Athlete Getting Interest

One of Georgia's top student-athletes is already receiving interest from some of the top football and academic schools in the region as he begins the summer camp circuit before his senior season.

Savannah, Ga.–-Standout center/defensive lineman Jeremy Gastin from Savannah Country Day School is hearing from schools all over and the 6-3, 255-pounder says that he doesn't have any offers or favorite schools at the moment as he begins to visit many of his suitors this summer. .

"I'm hearing from Auburn, Vanderbilt, Florida, Georgia Tech, Central Florida and Georgia" Gastin tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm going to camp at all those schools. I'm also hearing from Duke, Navy and Columbia."

A honor student at one of the best academic schools in South Georgia, Gastin is a player that takes his studies very seriously as evidenced by schools such as Duke and Columbia showing interest. He says that when looking for a future home that will be the first thing he checks out is how serious they are with the books.

"Academics would probably be my number one focus," Gastin says. "That's the reason I'm going to go to college obviously. I hope that my football skills and playing ability can get me into college for free, but academics will definitely be my number one priority when picking a school. Football would be second."

A starter since his freshman season on both offense and defense, Gastin is coming off a strong junior season in which he made 69 tackles and nine sacks on defense and also performed well enough on offense to be named the lineman of the year for his team. He says that while his future likely lies on offense he wouldn't mind playing defense in college.

"I'm very aggressive," Gastin says. "I go to the ball and pursue hard. I play intelligently and always know where the ball is on defense. I give 100 percent on each play. I think that I would probably be recruited as a center or a guard. That's what our ex-football coach (Mike) Muschamp told me. Probably somewhere on the offensive line (is where I'll wind up), but I would like to get a shot at defense."

Gastin played basketball as a junior and threw both the shot put and discuss the last three years, but says that he plans to concentrate on football next spring. He'll still play basketball and has been a role player for his team, averaging five points and five rebounds per game last season.

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