"I loved it – I loved practice and everything," Noel Padmore said. A junior from Flowery Branch (GA) High School, Padmore and teammate Darius Curry had the opportunity to watch the Yellow Jackets practice and break down film of the team's workout with the coaches later in the day.
While he left the Flats without an official offer, Padmore is very confident that the Yellow Jackets want him and are preparing to give him the offer. As a result, Padmore said he is going to spend some time getting his grades in order so Georgia Tech can offer him.
With offers from Cincinnati, Mississippi and Purdue, Padmore is beginning to attract a slew of schools. One of the schools he has visited is UGA, but after making the trip to Atlanta over the weekend, Padmore is convinced that the program at GT is leading the way.
"Some think that they're behind UGA, but Georgia Tech is way better in my mind," Padmore said. "The coaches are more hands-on, and I really like Coach (Charles) Kelly."
Padmore believes he can bring a lot to Georgia Tech's defense, adding depth to their secondary. Hoping to come in and play early in his career, Padmore and fellow teammate Curry said they haven't mentioned the thought of playing college football together, but the possibility is certainly special.
But for now, Padmore is focused on winning a state championship at Flowery Branch and collecting an offer from his top school – Georgia Tech.