Georgia Tech's first commitment came from a player in Nebraska, and now they have tapped into the Northeast to bring in #2. Justin Guadagni is a hard hitting linebacker prospect from South Allegheny High School in McKeesport, PA.
At 6-1 and 228 pounds with 4.65 speed, Guadagni made plays all over the field last season as he racked up 102 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries. His coach from last season Jim Ward said that Guadagni is quite simply a football player.
"He's going to be a real asset to their program at Georgia Tech," said Ward. "I think some people may have missed on him, but Georgia Tech did a great job. They recognized the talent early, and they did a great job of recruiting him. He's strong, explosive, instinctive, smart, and very athletic. He's one of those kids that is going to play early and play well. He's going to help Georgia Tech get to that next level. He's got a good forty time, but more than that, he's got great football speed."
With some of Georgia Tech's recent academic casualties, one of the questions might be: can Guadagni cut it in the classroom? Frankly, going to college may be easy for him after the schedule he's had in high school.
"He's a three sport kid," added Ward. "He plays basketball and track. He helped the basketball team to the playoffs last year. He has a 4.3 GPA and is ranked 5th in his class. When he gets to college and can focus on one sport and his school work, he'll probably play at 240 or 250 pounds."
"I committed to Georgia Tech yesterday," said Guadagni. "I had it down to Georgia Tech and Purdue the past week or so, and I knew I had to make a decision. I felt like I fit in the best at Georgia Tech. They made me feel more wanted, like I was one of their top recruits on their list, and I just felt like I would be more comfortable at Georgia Tech. I was down there two or three weeks ago, and I'll probably come back down in the fall. I'm not going to visit any other schools. Once I commit, I'm not going to see any other colleges."