Tech Felt Like Second Home to Droogsma

Another big 2013 prospect who was present in the Flats for Georgia Tech's upset victory over Clemson on Saturday is offensive guard Austin Droogsma from Gulf Breeze (FL) High School. The six-foot-four, 305 pound junior said that there was a sense of familiarity that was present when he was in Atlanta.

"It was awesome," Austin Droogsma responded when asked to recap his trip to Atlanta. "Georgia Tech got that triple option rumbling and just ran over Clemson. It honestly felt like I was coming back to a second home. I was greeted warmly and it was like everybody knew me. It felt like I had known everybody for a long time."

Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum has taken the lead in Droogsma's recruitment, and he has made a positive impression on the Gulf Breeze lineman.

"I call Coach McCollum all the time just to talk about football and different things. We have a great relationship and he's just a really awesome, all-around good guy. He just tells you straight up how things are, and that's what I really like about him."

Coach McCollum and the rest of the Yellow Jacket staff have made their interest in Droogsma very apparent, as they are one of only two schools to offer an early scholarship, along with Florida State.

Although he grew up as a Florida State fan, Droogsma insists that prior alliances will not play a big role in his college decision.

"It's all up in the air. Everybody has a chance right now. I'm not one of those guys who are going to commit as soon as they get an offer. I have no leading favorites as it stands right now. I want to go through the whole process and see what school would be the best fit for me."

When it does come time to make his college decision, Droogsma will have plenty of schools to choose from. In addition to his offers from Georgia Tech and Florida State, he is also in frequent contact with Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, NC State, Maryland, Kentucky, Louisville, Clemson, Stanford and Oregon.

With a bevy of schools after his services, Droogsma is in no hurry to make his college decision. Instead, he will continue to focus on enjoying the process.

"The recruiting process has been awesome. I always wondered if I was going to have what it takes to play at the next level and the recruiting process has reassured me that I will be able to play. The recruiting process overall has been an awesome experience. I love getting mail every day. It's so cool because the schools that you see playing every Saturday are interested in having u come play for them, and that is awesome."

As he looks to narrow his list of potential suitors, Droogsma will be in search of a school with a strong business program and a school where he has a good relationship with the coaches.

In the meantime, he will continue to work on transforming his body in hopes of adding to his offer total, which should be very hefty by the time it is said and done.


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