- Jamie Newberg, RecruitingNation
It’s going to be a stressful and busy week for three-star defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Fla./Lanier County). He was cut last weekend by Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets stated he wouldn’t get admitted to Georgia Tech because of a low test score. So now he has to find a new college home.
Today Gnonknonde leaves for an official visit to Louisiana Tech. Then he’s likely headed to both Central Florida and North Carolina for official visits this weekend, according to his guardian and school athletic director John White.
“That’s the plan,” White said. “It’s being rushed but we are going to do the best we can to get him out and see some schools. If he’s not ready or comfortable to make a decision next Wednesday then he will wait. There are plenty of schools that said they will take him later. Just this week alone North Carolina, South Carolina, Central Florida, Marshall and Louisiana Tech all told him he has an offer and he will get into their schools. I know there’s potential offers from Florida, depending on what happens with a player they are recruiting, as well as Syracuse and others.”
Gnonkonde, 6-foot-5 and 225-pounds, is a four-year starter at Lanier County. He leaves the high school as the career tackles record holder and a student that never got a C in the classroom, only As and Bs.
“This is a great kid that never caused one problem,” said Brent Miller, the school’s coach. “Someone is going to get a very hard worker with super ability. He’s motivated and a self-starter. He’s a heck of an athlete that bench presses 390 pounds and doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him. He still hasn’t played hs best game yet because he’s learning the game.”
Gnonkonde is from the Ivory Coast in Africa and moved to the United States his freshman year. He’s the No. 120 ranked defensive end in the nation. Before he committed to Georgia Tech he made trips to see Georgia, Florida and Florida State.