Visit Makes Big Impression On Pearson

After landing three players from the state in the 2011 class, the state of North Carolina is becoming a recruiting target for Georgia Tech. Raleigh, North Carolina running back Dolphus Pearson and some family members drove down for Georgia Tech's 2nd Junior Day. Dolphus fell in love with Georgia Tech as soon as he set foot on campus.

Dolphus Pearson rated his weekend visit to Georgia Tech a 10. "When I got on campus it felt like a home atmosphere to me," said Pearson. "We (two cousins came with him) had a great time there today. I loved everything about the trip. In fact I cannot find one thing about the trip today that I didn't like. When we got there we meet the entire coaching staff and talked with them some. We then broke down into groups and toured the campus. After that we had lunch and talked with the coaches some more. I also got a chance to meet some of the players too."

On the visit Pearson spent time with Roddy Jones, Orwin Smith, B.J. Bostic, Stephen Hill, and Brandon Watts. "They are all great guys, down to earth and they really love Georgia Tech," said Pearson. "Everything they had to say about Tech was great and how glad they were a part of the school and football program. While talking with Roddy Jones, you can see how he epitomizes what Georgia Tech is as a school and what their players are as student and athletes."

Coach Todd Spencer and Coach Andy McCollum are his recruiting coaches. Pearson sited the coaches' upfront and honest approach as a positive for the program.

No offer was extended during the visit but the coaches indicated that Pearson passed the "eye test". The coaches told Pearson that they "would be back by my high school and that I should be expecting an offer when they do come by to talk with again," said Pearson.

The visit has edged GT to the top of Pearson's list right now. "I still have schools like Wake Forest and TCU that I like and other schools like North Carolina State and Virginia Tech I am going to visit," said Pearson. "Still after today seeing what Georgia tech has to offer both academically and athletically, they are a school I like tremendously. An offer from them will be huge in my eyes."

In terms of position if he were to end up a Yellow Jacket, Pearson said, "They told me they want me as a B-Back and that if I decided to come to Tech that I would most likely redshirt as I am fullback in our four wide out spread offense in high school. I would have to learn the triple-option offense. After seeing what the B-Back does in the triple-option, I really liked that idea of being a B-Back in the offense."

Academics tops Pearson's list of factors he'll consider when selecting a program. ""I know it sounds like a cliché but academics will be at the top of my list," said Pearson. "I want a great education and a top notch degree no matter what major I decide to matriculate through. I want a school that is close in proximity to home but not too close; a school that has a great tradition and a winning program too. Plus I want that home away from home feeling while I am on campus."


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