Blake Countess and his parents had a great time and were surprised what they found on the trip. "You always hear Georgia Tech being in downtown Atlanta and you think of crime and rough neighborhoods," said Countess. "We actually saw that Georgia Tech is a great college town." Countess and his parents found that the campus had much more green space than they would have thought. "The school has done a great job of making Georgia Tech feel like a typical college campus and at the same time having the advantages of being in a big city."
When he arrived, Countess had a chance to spend some time with the coaches. "I was greeted by Coach (Al) Groh who has been recruiting me from the start." Groh also recruited Blake's high school teammate Louis Young. "We had a chance to talk football and academics and get to know one another even more."
Countess also had a chance to talk with head coach Paul Johnson. "He's a very cool guy, real laid back and down to earth but when he starts talking about his football you can tell he is a serious person and real intense." The third coach that Countess talked with was his position Coach Charles Kelly. "He's a very intense person that when he talks football you can tell he knows what he's talking about and I really like him too."
In addition to meeting the coaches, Countess had a chance to see the academic facilities. "We also got a chance to see the athletic facilities and I had a chance to catch up with my good friend Louis Young." Young made sure that Countess knew how much he really likes Georgia Tech and that he is glad he made the switch. "He had nothing but great things to say about Tech and that left an impression on me."
The whole trip was a great one for Blake. "It was one of the better trips I have been on so far in my recruitment," said Blake. "Georgia Tech showed us how they are the ultimate package of academics and athletics." Countess was quick to point out that his parents also loved the trip. "They were very impressed with the trip and very happy they came with me."
Countess is not ready to name a top five at this time. "I hope by the end of the summer to have it narrowed down to a top five or at least seven." When asked if Georgia Tech would be in that group, Countess responded, "How can they not be after what we saw today? Plus they are inthe top 10 for public universities in the nation for academics and are coming off an ACC Championship and a game in the BCS Orange Bowl."
The trip to Georgia Tech was the first school Blake and his parents are visiting on this trip. They were pulling into a hotel parking space in Knoxville during the interview. "I will attend a camp at Tennessee on Tuesday and then on Friday we'll head over to North Carolina to visit them." Countess might also visit Cincinnati but that's not definite at this point.
Countess doesn't have a timetable for making a decision. "I feel that when the time is right I will make that decision."