September 27, 2009

Junior offensive tackle enjoys Tech visit

Chattahoochee offensive tackle Matt Kiefer made the short drive down to Georgia Tech on Saturday to visit for the Jackets game against North Carolina. Kiefer only began playing organized football a few years ago, but he is becoming a top prospect for the 2011 recruiting class and he already has four offers including two SEC offers.

"I have been getting mail from Alabama everyday," Kiefer said. "I just got offered by Ole Miss and East Carolina this week. Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Stanford and Alabama most of all have been recruiting me so far."

Kiefer only plans to make a handful of trips during his junior season and he is focusing on local schools that are in reasonable driving distance from his house.

"It was awesome visiting Georgia Tech and I love the campus in the city aspect of the program. It was a great experience," he said. "I also enjoyed my visit to Athens two weeks ago and I am planning a trip to Vanderbilt sometime in October."

Georgia Tech receivers coach Buzz Preston is Kiefer's main recruiter, but offensive line coach Todd Spencer spent some time with him during his visit Saturday.

"I talked to coach Buzz a lot and Coach Spencer came up and talked to me a little. They basically told me they want me to come up for their Junior Day in January and they are coming by to see play," he said.

Saturday was the second time Kiefer saw the Jackets play. The previous time was the thrilling 45-42 win over Georgia last year in Athens.

"I saw Tech play last year and it looks like they will have another great year last year. I was really impressed with the team. We do some similar things offensively at my school," Kiefer said. "The most interesting part to me was that the guards were typically bigger than the tackles. Someone my size now would be a tackle and that appears to be the reverse of what everyone else does, so I am not sure how I project into their offense. I am cool playing anywhere in college, but I am a left tackle in my high school offense."

Currently, Kiefer is six-foot-four and has dropped down to around 260 pounds during the grind of the season.

"I am not really sure how I project into college at my size. I know I can pack on a lot of weight and muscle at the next level," he said.

After his high school season is over, Kiefer plans to make some trips to some of the schools that have already offered him and he may take another trip to Atlanta soon for another Georgia Tech visit.

"I am not going to visit any of the schools that have offered me so far, but I am going back down to Georgia Tech to get a better look at the campus soon," he said.

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