May 28, 2008

Rebels offer Georgia safety

It's a small, small world. That might be the best way to define Marietta, Ga. safety Chris Tanzy.

Tanzy's cousin, Brandon Bolden, enrolled at Ole Miss this week to begin summer school after signing with the Rebels last February and a good friend, Trevor Gaskins, just completed his true freshmen season on Andy Kennedy's basketball team.

In the meantime, Ole Miss defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who recruits Georgia for the Rebels, has evaluated Tanzy and offered him a scholarship.

Tanzy, 6-foot, 185 pounds with 4.47 speed, aspires to be a two-sport athlete, something that could impact his decision for football on national signing day.

"I think I'm very capable of playing both sports," Tanzy said Tuesday evening. "I know that I'll have to work extra hard and it won't be easy."

As an example of his basketball prowess, Tanzy laughed about playing Gaskins, two years his senior, straight up during the state basketball playoffs and holding him to just 13 points.

He also plans to attend basketball camps at Georgia and at Tennessee this summer.

"I'm just going to talk to some coaches (both basketball and football) and see which one I can make the best deal with," Tanzy said.

Ole Miss interest in Tanzy on the hardwood is not clear, and Tanzy admitted that he hasn't followed the Rebel basketball team closely, but that he'd certainly entertain the thought on playing both sports in Oxford.

While Tanzy's desire to play both sports is evident, he's clear that not only Ole Miss, but Louisville, another school that offered recently, want the prospect on green grass instead of the hardwood.

Tanzy had mostly at safety during his first two years in high school, but also saw time at wide receiver and at running back as well as several other positions. He notched 65 tackles as a sophomore on a 4-6 team and then added 56 more stops as a junior on a squad that improved to 7-3 before losing in the first round of the state play offs. He had two interceptions both years.

The Ole Miss offer left Tanzy impressed and has squarely put the Rebels in early contention, although the prospect also talks favorably about Louisville.

"I think coach Rocker is pretty cool," Tanzy said. "He's wanting me to come up for camp or an unofficial visit and I'm going to try to do that. I'd like to see what Ole Miss is all about, but it's in the SEC and that says a lot to get an offer from an SEC school."

Tanzy said he was verbally offered by Kentucky and Memphis as a sophomore, but since those schools have apparently backed off, although Kentucky may be close to renewing their efforts.

Tanzy is yet to talk to Bolden about Ole Miss, but plans to in the near future. Tanzy left Louisiana to move to Georgia about nine years ago due to job related move.

"I left Brandon a voice mail recently but he hasn't called back," Tanzy said. "My Dad is also planning on doing some checking about Ole Miss."

Tanzy has a 2.7 GPA and is planning on taking the ACT next month.

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