From the moment Breyon Gaddy first walked into the Tennessee football locker room and spotted a gold helmet with the word “swag” on display, the Vols “really impressed” him.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle from Bishop Sullivan (Va.) Catholic School visited Knoxville for the first time March 5 during a junior day event and found that several aspects of the school stood out to him.
“(This visit) really puts them up there," Gaddy said. "I felt like it was more than what I thought it was going to be, so it really caught my eye today.”
Though it was his first time to Rocky Top, the Virginia Beach, Virginia, native mentioned that he speaks with Tennessee defensive line coach Steve Stripling regularly, and that it is a huge part of what attracts Gaddy to Tennessee.
“I like the coaching staff because they keep in touch with me,” the D-tackle said. “They call me and text me and all that. I like the way they try to build a relationship with me.
“Coach Stripling said if I come here and I work hard, I can get on the field as soon as possible.”
Early playing time would mean competing in front of 102,455 Big Orange fans at Neyland Stadium, which is among the largest venues the Scout four-star prospect has seen.
“We went to the game field and I could see that it holds a lot of people in there,” Gaddy said. “Some of the guys were saying there would be so many people in there that sometimes you can’t even hear your own teammates — so that’s what I like about it.”
With offers from schools reaching the double digits including Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and many more, the No. 15 defensive tackle in the 2017 class has skills that could bolster the defensive line of whichever school he chooses with his physicality and explosiveness off the ball.
“(The school I choose) is getting a player that loves to catch up to the quarterback — that’s my type of game. I love to work hard. When I go to college I want to work hard and if I don’t start, I’m going to redshirt — but I would like to start,” he said.
The No. 2 defensive tackle in the state of Virginia visited Virginia Tech the week after his visit at Tennessee. Other schools he visited so far are Clemson, Old Dominion and Virginia.
The Scout 300 member is not alone in the decision making process.
Brandon Gaddy, his 6-foot-5, 280-pound twin brother who also plays along the defensive front, is being recruited by a number of schools around the nation as well and the two made it a goal to stick together at the next level.
Brandon is a Scout three-star prospect that visited Tennessee during the same weekend as his brother.
Both of the brothers hold offers from several of the same schools including Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee and Virginia to name a few and will continue making their round of visits to schools before they break down the options.
“We haven’t really talked about it yet," Breyon Gaddy said. "When we both break down our top five teams, we’re going to sit down. Whichever team I don’t want to go to, and whichever team he doesn’t want to go — that school will be out. We'll do that until we both make our decision.”