Did Vance commit to Tech on his trip this weekend?
Yes he did.
What did you think about the trip yourself?
Ah, very impressed. It was just unbelievable. I mean, you hear a lot of positive things about Georgia Tech but we wanted to visit ourselves because with being in Atlanta, a big city, a big town like that, we wanted to see. And we were really impressed because he had really narrowed it down to Eastern Carolina University in Greenville and we were impressed with them also. But Georgia Tech, oh man, I'm still smiling in my sleep.
What did you do on the visit?
We got to visit the campus and talk to the academic advisors. We also met the Chaplain (Derrick Moore), who had a very emotional speech for us, and we got to talk to the head coach. Vance was able to meet some of the players and he had a very good host (Senior LB Gerris Wilkinson) that was very informative for him.
The GT Chaplin is quite a character, isn't he?
I'm still laughing at him. We saw a film segment on the team and I guess it was after a win and everybody singing a song and chanting and you could just see his emotions. He was really one of the main ones that was still excited about everything. And I think that's how I am as a Mom watching my kids play. So, it was really fun. We just had a good time.
What other visits has he taken?
The first one was Eastern Carolina University. And we really I think Vance had it in his heart that we were on our way up there to commit. They have a new program with Skip Holtz, Lou Holtz's son, and we were impressed with their coaching staff and everything. And the campus was nice but Georgia Tech started calling him so Vance started putting them on hold. But I said, ‘Well don't get your hopes up on Georgia Tech.' I work with colleagues that graduated from Georgia Tech and all I hear is that you can't go wrong with East Carolina or Georgia Tech.
How long was GT involved?
Probably about three weeks. University of South Carolina was recruiting him also heavily and then all of the sudden when Spurrier, from Florida, once he came into the picture, we didn't get any more calls. He did a great job at the Shrine Bowl and he still doesn't understand why they still weren't looking at him.
So what is Vance going to do to prepare for Tech now?
I hope he's able to go to summer school and get a start so he can get familiar with everything. He can get on the nutrition program, which I'm sure is going to benefit him. So, we're looking forward to all of this. I know we have to close a chapter at Fort Mill but everything has been positive right now.
Do the Tech coaches want him to add weight with the nutrition program?
Yeah, well he's only 17 and he weighs 255, you know, so I think he said 15 or 20 pound.
And Vance is a Defensive Tackle?
I believe so.