Breyon and Brandon Gaddy committed to Tennessee over Clemson last week, bumping up their announcement so they could concentrate on their senior seasons at Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Va.).
Despite being recruited as a package deal, the massive twins — who hope to wear Nos. 99 and 98 at UT — said the decision to pick the Vols was rather easy, as the Tennessee was simply the right fit.
“We liked the family atmosphere,” said Breyon Gaddy, a 6-foot-4, 353-pound 4-star defensive tackle.
“When they talk about family they really mean family. That’s really good for us because I really need a family around me, not (a) coach that’s like if we don’t do what we’re supposed to do just drop you off. We need a coach that will coach you up and be there for you even when you get out of college.”
Breyon Gaddy is the nation’s No. 15 defensive tackle and held offers from over 10 schools. Brandon Gaddy is a 6-foot-5, 290-pound athlete who projects as defensive tackle, but the 3-star prospect could ultimately play one of four different positions (DT, DE, OL or TE) at Tennessee.
The twins prefer to play together on the defensive line as a tag-team unit, with Breyon saying, “I got his back and he got my back. It won’t be weak line at all.”
The Gaddys have some work to do in the classroom to get to Tennessee, but the brothers have made significant progress since transferring to Bishop Sullivan in 2015.
“We didn’t thing we were going to (go to college) with our grades at Norfolk (High School),” Brandon said.
“But we did all our work and just made it. The rest is history.”
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They didn’t really consider in-state schools Virginia or Virginia Tech: “My mom said she didn’t want us close,” Breyon said. “She wanted us to go out and explore and have fun because you only get to do this once.”
Position change? Well about that: “My brother ain’t playing no offensive line,” Breyon said. “He might play tight end but that’s about it. He can’t block. He’s not tall enough.”
Breyon’s favorite player is J.J. Watt: “I (like to) eat and get sacks. That’s my thing,” he said. “I got big legs, I just got to get my arms like J.J.”
They’re recruiting fellow 757 defensive lineman Jordan Williams: “I know him real good,” Brandon said. “We’re trying, but his dad, his dad is very hooked on UVA or Clemson. It might could be a surprise though.”
They’re excited to play for defensive coordinator Bob Shoop: “He’s very intense,” Brandon said. “He likes (pressure), which I like. He likes to blitz. He’s a great coach.” Breyon added, “I feel like I can really learn something from him. It’s going to be great over there.”
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Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com