Breyon Gaddy may just be a junior, but he already has a pair of leaders.
The four-star defensive tackle from Bishop Sullivan Catholic HIgh School (Norfolk, Va.) told SEC Country that Tennessee and Clemson have risen above the pack for his services. The Vols will get a chance to improve their position on Saturday when they host Gaddy for their second junior day event of the calendar year. It will be Gaddy’s first trip to Tennessee’s campus..
“I just know I’ve got an offer from them and they want me to see the facility,” the 6-foot-4, 321-pound prospect said. “That will be my first time going down there so I’m going to see what it will really be like.”
Gaddy said he’s already built a solid relationship with Tennessee’s coaches. He is the No. 12 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 8 overall prospect in Virginia, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. With a dozen reported offers, his stock is clearly rising.
“I’ve gotten a lot of coaches talking to me and wanting me to come visit them during junior day and there’s some coaches visiting me,” Gaddy said.
Gaddy said he has built a strong relationship with Tennessee defensive graduate assistant Nathan Ollie, who is quickly becoming an effective recruiter on the Vols’ staff. Since he’s not an assistant coach, there are limits to the type of contact he can have with prospects. However, he’s been mentioned by several prospects as a factor in their recruitment.
“He’s a cool dude,” Gaddy said. “We’ve been building a relationship since we first talked so it’s grown stronger.”
Gaddy was on hand for Clemson’s 24-22 win over Notre Dame last fall. That’s when he started to have strong feelings for the Tigers.
“I like Clemson because when we went down there, it was pouring down rain and the stadium was still packed and there were still real fans there,” Gaddy said. “There were still people tailgating in the rain. That’s what I mostly liked about it.”
Gaddy said he has no preference as to which conference he plays in. More schools are trying to jump up his list of favorites. He said he’ll visit Virginia Tech on April 13.