Posted by Bryan Fischer
The in-state recruiting momentum in Georgia has been on the side of the school in Athens after signing a 'Dream Team' 2011 class. Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech are looking get some of the momentum back with their first commitment of 2012 in Lakeland (Ga.) linebacker Junior Gnonkonde.
"Georgia Tech has everything I want,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They have a good education program. I love technology and computers and things like that and that’s the school to go to learn about it.”
Originally from Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in West Africa, Gnonkonde came to the United States just three years ago. After playing basketball early on, he started playing football just two years ago.
"I never would have imagined it,” Gnonkonde told the Journal-Constitution. “It’s like a dream for me.”
The 6-foot-5, 220 pound outside linebacker was drawing interest from Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson and others but Georgia Tech was his first offer. He plays defensive end in high school but will likely play standing up for the Yellow Jackets, although keeping his hand in the dirt won't be ruled out if he adds weight to a very good frame.