DeFranco has incredible visit

West Orange High School, Florida defensive end Nolan DeFranco and his family spent this past weekend in Atlanta. Friday night they watched the Braves. The remainder of the weekend they spent at Georgia Tech getting acquainted with the school and coaches.

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Nolan described the weekend visit as incredible. “This was one of the best visits if not the best visit that I’ve taken.” Nolan has taken quite a few visits to schools around the southeast.

DeFranco was impressed with the campus and the facilities. Nolan got to see some models of the new lockers. “They will be NFL style lockers that the players will absolutely love.”

Coach Paul Johnson and Coach Mike Pelton sat down with Nolan to discuss a possible offer. He was disappointed at first not to get an offer but was able to get an understanding of why he didn’t. “I got a good understanding of when an offer should come my way.”

Tech will only be taking two defensive ends in the 2016 class. Coach Pelton has plans to watch Nolan in person for an evaluation. “I got a great feeling about the coaching staff while I was there.”

Coaches Lamar Owens, Ted Roof and Saeed Khalif also spent time with DeFranco. Coach Owens also plans to watch Nolan this spring. Nolan sat in on the defensive line meeting while he was there. “They would love to have me as a rush end. I can cause havoc with my height and size.”

One of the highlights of the trip for Nolan was getting to meet Cincinnati Bengal Michael Johnson. “He had nothing but great things to say about Georgia Tech and the staff.” The two also talked about the value of a Tech degree. “I definitely can see myself playing for Georgia Tech. That is for sure." Nolan feels that an offer from Tech would move them into his top five. DeFranco currently has 13 offers.

The visit to Tech was the last of the spring for Nolan. This summer he plans to visit Georgia Southern, Wake Forest, Virginia, and a few other schools. “I will also attend camps at Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.”

Nolan doesn’t have a timetable for making a decision. “I'll know when the time is right.”


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