Eric made the short drive down I-20 to visit Georgia Tech and watch the Clemson game. “I wanted to see Georgia Tech in action and I’ve always loved night games there.”
The possibility of getting early playing time at Tech is one of the things that Eric likes about Tech. “I feel that my speed and height would help Tech.” The 6’1” Stokes ran a 4.25 at a Florida camp this summer. Eric has been talking with Tech Coach Joe Speed. “That and the chance to play early has increased my interest in Tech.”
Coach Speed and Eric have talked about a possible offer from Tech. Coach Speed has asked for his transcripts and will be looking at the AP courses that he has taken. “He told me he would turn that over to the academic people. If they approve it, he says an offer would be coming my way.” Coach Speed also visited Eastside Friday and talked to Eric’s coach. “I like the way my recruitment with Tech is shaping up right now."
An offer from Tech would put a different spin on Eric’s recruitment. Eric had planned on taking a few visits and then making a decision in a few weeks. Now all that has changed. “I will wait on an offer from Tech and then make my decision after the season.”
When his recruitment began, schools were looking at Stokes as a running back. An injury to a teammate moved Eric to cornerback and he hasn’t looked back since. Eric now plays on both sides of the ball. Tech is recruiting Eric as an athlete.
Stokes currently has 20 offers. West Virginia is the one school that has been recruiting Eric the hardest. In spite of that, Eric is not sure if being that far from home or the difference from living in Georgia is what he is looking for in a school. “They have shown me a lot of love but it’s just doesn’t seem to be the right fit for me. There is time still to see if it can be though."
The plan for Eric is to take all five of his official visits. What Eric doesn’t know is which schools will get those five visits. “It all depends on the offers and if they meet what I like in a school."
The depth chart will be one of the things Eric will be looking at in making his decision. Playing in a big city or a small town will not be a factor. The most important factor for Eric will be what his mother thinks of the schools. “If she loves the coaches, the school, the education I'll get, and how she thinks I feel when I am there, she'll be happy. I know my dad loves me very much and I know he'll be happy if I’m at that school."