December 21, 2009

Nealy reassured by Tech visit

Lakeland High School (Fla.) linebacker Quayshawn Nealy made a huge leap of faith when he committed to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets a week ago. Nealy committed to the Jackets without ever stepping foot on the Tech campus. This past weekend Nealy finally made it to Georgia Tech and the trip made him even more confident in his decision to verbally commit to play for the Yellow Jackets.

“Everything was great on my visit,” he said. “Without a doubt I made the right decision. I got to see everything on the campus and I had a great time.”

One of the highlights of the trip for Nealy was a pair of sit down meetings with Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson.

“Coach Johnson met with me twice and we talked about all kinds of things and he answered questions about the program and the college,” he said. “He told me how happy he was that I was able to make it up.”

Linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary spent a lot of time with Nealy as well during the visit.

“Coach B.J. showed me around and I got to watch one of their practices which was cool and talk to all the linebackers on the team,” he said. “Coach Johnson and Coach B.J. told me I have an opportunity to play early because they are young at linebacker need help. It is up to me to get myself in a position to compete right away.”

Wide receiver Quentin Sims and linebacker B.J. Machen were Nealy’s hosts during the visit and the trio clicked during his time in Atlanta.

“I had a lot of fun hanging with Quentin and B.J. We got to go out and see the town,” Nealy said. “It was really cool especially when we hung out.”

Nealy and fellow commitment defensive tackle Shawn Green also hung out together some and the two future Jacket defenders hit it off.

“I really like Shawn. He is cool guy. I got his number and we are going to stay in touch until we both get over to Tech in June,” Nealy said.

With his high school football career over, Nealy is now back home and working on his basketball game. Nealy is a point guard on his high school team and he says basketball will help keep him in shape until he gets to Tech.

“I am happy I will get to play basketball again. Now that we have our football players back on the team we should be a lot better,” he said. “I think we have a chance to be pretty good this year. I am going to also workout a lot when I am not playing basketball to stay in shape. I need to be ready to play when I get to Atlanta.”

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