Georgia coach Tray Scott wasn’t very happy when he found out that Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins defensive lineman Tavion Gadson had attended the Bulldogs spring game in April – as a regular fan.
Gadson made the trip to Athens with his grandfather who is a big supporter of the defending National Champs.
“It was the last minute,” Jenkins High assistant and recruiting coordinator James Robert said. “I was going to text Coach Schumann and let him know he was coming.”
Gadson still had a great time even though wasn’t even on Georgia’s radar at that point. He wasn’t on many other boards as well, walking into Sanford Stadium with opportunities from Georgia State, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Coastal Carolina, Troy, Vanderbilt, Georgia Southern and Florida State.
Now that college coaches are on the road, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Gadson is really seeing his stock rise. Scott recently came across the film and personally went down to Savannah to extend a scholarship in person. The two connected on the phone later in the day.
“Man he had energy,” Gadson stated. “Honestly I felt him if you know what I mean. He was just saying how I went down there for the spring game and he was a little upset I wasn’t down there as a recruit. He came out in person, and was talking real good, telling me how things can slip and he would’ve got me when I came. He had never seen my film. He was going on about it’s not all about rankings and stuff. It’s how you play on the field. He said I slipped through the cracks the first time and he came and got me.”
Gadson had 25 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a junior. Tennessee also offered on Wednesday. Pitt, Minnesota, Duke and Nebraska have also extended a scholarship this month.
“Overwhelming,” Gadson said of the recent opportunities.
Roberts knew it was only a matter of time before Gadson would see his stock soar like this.
“As a player he’s just dominant,” Roberts stated. “He wants to win. He has a great motor. Even at practice he’s on the hop, he doesn’t walk. He plays till the whistle stops. He’s still learning. It’s only going to get better from here.”
Roberts added Gadson is first-class off the field.
“He works hard, he stays in his books, he’s a good kid,” Roberts said.
Florida State has had Gadson on campus twice and they’re doing a good job early in his process.
“I like the coaching staff, I like the energy,” he said. “I feel comfortable in Florida State.”
He’s looking to lock in an official with Georgia and says he’ll take officials to Minnesota on June 10 and Tennessee on June 17. He’s going to try and get one setup with Florida State too.