Top LB enjoys Georgia Tech visit

The next few months should be pretty interesting for Daniel Fennell, one of the state’s top uncommitted high school seniors.

The 3-star linebacker from Grayson High School made an unofficial to Georgia Tech for Saturday’s win over Miami. He also has offers from Michigan State, Texas A&M, Missouri, Wisconsin and Duke, among others.

LB Daniel Fennell (

LB Daniel Fennell (

Fennell’s most recent offer is Mississippi State. Several other schools, including Florida, have expressed serious interest.

“It was a good trip to Georgia Tech,” Fennell told the AJC. “I got to talk with (defensive coordinator Ted) Roof. It was everything I expected it to be. The Georgia Tech defense was really good. They came prepared to play. They looked good. They looked really sound.”

What does Fennell like about Georgia Tech? “I really like Coach Roof. He’s a cool guy. He’s always talking to me. He’s just a likeable coach. I like Georgia Tech because it’s close to home and my family can watch me play. Georgia Tech is really good right now. I think they can make some noise in the ACC.”

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Fennell is rated as the state’s No. 55 overall prospect, per the 247sports composite rankings. One reason his recruiting has lagged is because he will take the SAT for the first time on Saturday (he was scheduled to take it previously, but said he wasn’t allowed because he recently moved and didn’t have his new address on his SAT paperwork).

“I’ve got to take the SAT before I can go on any official visits, so I’m taking the SAT this weekend,” Fennell said. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to Michigan State’s game against Ohio State (on Nov. 8). I don’t have anything else worked out, but I will start to schedule the rest of my official visits after I get the SAT out of the way.”

There has been speculation that UGA might make a move on Fennell if the Bulldogs miss on some other high-profile targets down the stretch.

“I don’t know what’s going on with UGA,” Fennell said. “They said they were looking at me this season, but I haven’t really heard anything. Of course, I would like an offer from Georgia. My dad went to Georgia (as a student). We grew up watching Georgia. But if I didn’t get an offer from them, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

“I can’t just wait on Georgia because spots will get filled at other colleges. At the moment, I don’t have an offer from Georgia, so I’ve got to focus on the offers I do have. I’m pretty sure I would be good with people I’ve already got. But if I got an offer from Georgia, that would be great, too.”


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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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