There’s one stipulation for Bishop Sullivan (Va.) four-star defensive tackle Breyon Gaddy, even as he continues to add offers.
Gaddy said he wants to play alongside his twin brother, three-star defensive tackle Brandon Gaddy. Many of the schools that have offered Breyon have offered both. But even with visits coming this summer, one school is breaking away a bit from the others.
While the door remains open to schools, the brothers are a package deal or there’s no deal.
“If they don’t offer both of us, then that’s not the school we’re going to,” Breyon said. “I’ve been with him my whole life. We already know what each other is gonna do, how we’re gonna act and how we’re gonna play. We can contribute more to whatever team we go to.”
Breyon now counts 27 offers, most recently from Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Aside from playing with his brother, though, a few other factors are important.
“It’s really, what’s gonna get me ready for the NFL and what’s gonna get me ready in life, after I’m done with football,” Breyon said. “Maybe like a 3-4 defense. My mom wants me to be far away, so I’m thinking I will. She would like me to get out of Virginia. She said there’s nothing here, so she wants me to go out and explore.”
Virginia Tech continues to make a strong push for both brothers. The Hokies offered Breyon well over a year ago, but just offered Brandon on April 25. And despite his mother’s thoughts, Breyon said Virginia Tech is in contention.
“That’s an option,” he said. “They have a great coaching staff and they seem like they’re really interested in me. If they’re interested in me, I feel like I can be interested in them.”
Assistant coach Zohn Burden has played a big role in the Hokies staying involved.
“He was telling me I’m an athletic kid,” Breyon said. “They’d be more than willing to have me and my brother come there and play. He loves me and my brother’s game.”
But while Virginia Tech and others are still trying to get steady footing, one school has jumped in front. It’s also the school Breyon believes is recruiting him and his brother hardest.
“Right now, Tennessee is at the top of my list, me and my brother,” he said. “When I went there, it just felt like home. It was so fun to be around the players and the coaches. The coaches talk to me at least once a week, it don’t matter. I just feel like that could be home.”
Breyon said specific dates haven’t been set, but he and his brother plan to visit the Volunteers in July, after they see Clemson next month. They hope to have a top list later this summer and a decision around the time of their final game this fall.
By that point, they hope their work on the field has gotten them to the state championship game.
“I’m gonna be working on how to get more violent with my hands,” Breyon said. “I’m violent with them, but I’m making sure I can really use them. I wanna get bigger and stronger, so I need to make sure I’m at the top of my game.”