October 20, 2009

McGowan takes in historic GT win

North Gwinnett linebacker Brandon McGowan is a having a tremendous junior season for the undefeated Bulldogs. Last Saturday, McGowan made his second trip of the season over to Georgia Tech to watch the Jackets victory over No. 4 Virginia Tech. McGowan was impressed with what he saw on the field and in the stands on Saturday night.

"It was a nice game and a great atmosphere," he said. "I thought Georgia Tech's linebackers did a great job flying around to the ball and shutting down Virginia Tech's offense. The atmosphere was really intense and you could tell that is was personal and a really big deal much more so than their previous games."

During his recent trip, McGowan had a chance to meet with Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson and speak with assistant coach Jeff Monken who handles North Gwinnett for the Jackets.

"I talked to Coach Monken and Coach Johnson," McGowan said. "Coach Johnson was nice and well-spoken after the game. I thought what he had to say to the team was very true. He gets right to the point and is very straight-forward with his ideas."

McGowan already has a third unofficial visit planned at Georgia Tech.

"I am pretty open right now. I know I am going to come back and see Georgia Tech play Georgia at the end of the year," he said. "We are going up to Tennessee for Halloween and I think we are going to Auburn and South Carolina for visits as well."

It was a busy recruiting week for the kids from North Gwinnett as McGowan's teammate, quarterback C.J. Uzomah also made the trip to Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday. Friday night during their 24-7 win over Northview, Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin and assistant coach Ed Orgeron showed up in a helicopter to recruit McGowan's teammate Juwuan James and Northview defensive lineman and Georgia Tech commit, Denzel McCoy. McGowan was not impressed with the spectacle.

"I tried not to pay any attention to that. It was a distraction and on game day I don't like any outside interference with our program," McGowan said. "I guess Juwuan might feel differently. I have not talked with him about it."

With James and Alabama commitment Austin Long on his team, McGowan and Uzomah got a lot of attention and exposure to different schools.

"With Juwuan being up in the air and especially before Austin committed we had people seeing us everyday and that was good for me and C.J.," he said. "We have a chance to visit a lot of places and we would like to go everywhere we can after the high school season is over."

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