James Deloach Knows The Value of Hard Work

Jenkins County LB James Deloach

Defensive end James Deloach, a junior from Jenkins County High School in Millen, Ga., visited Georgia Tech over the weekend with several other recruits for Georgia Tech's Junior Day, and left with a good feeling about the program.

At 6-2, 242 pounds, James Deloach has amassed seven offers, the latest being from Auburn, but he says he won't be making a top-5 list at this point in the process. "I don't really have a top schools list, but everybody is very close so far," Deloach said.

Having made several past visits to the Atlanta campus, Deloach said he wasn't introduced to a lot of new things about the school, but he definitely enjoyed staying with some of the players for the weekend. The opportunity gave him a chance to simulate college life at Georgia Tech, and getting to spend a little extra time with current players was beneficial.

"When I talked with some of the players in the dorms, one thing I heard that really stuck with me was that everyone who plays at this level was one of the best players on their high school team," Deloach said. "So when you get to the college level, its hard work that sets you apart from everyone else."

Deloach had the chance to meet with some of the GT coaches during the visit as well, who reviewed several defensive packages with him via film study. The coaches have been doing everything they can to convince him to commit to Georgia Tech, Deloach said. But as for the decision-making process, it will likely come down to Signing Day, by his own admission.

But Deloach said it wasn't just the coaching staff that was working to recruit him this weekend – many of the current players on the team were also trying to convince him that Georgia Tech would be a best fit for him. Specifically citing visiting linebackers (Deloach may play either outside linebacker or defensive end if he signs with Tech), Deloach said he felt like some of the players were saying good things about Georgia Tech and where he'd fit in the system.

Surely, Georgia Tech fans will be happy to know that the junior out of Jenkins County High School is being pushed by his peers to become a Yellow Jacket.

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