November 20, 2009

Redan QB checks out local schools

Redan High School quarterback Akil Dan-Fodio has been flying a little under the radar for most of his junior campaign, but the Stone Mountain signal caller has been circling the southeast visiting schools and his list of visits includes both local powers, Georgia Tech and Georgia.

The two in-state schools are showing a lot of interest in Dan-Fodio.

"I went to Georgia Tech two weeks ago and I am going to Georgia this weekend to see the Kentucky game," he said. "I have been getting a lot of mail from both schools. I think they have both been around the same since the start of the recruiting process."

Dan-Fodio watched Georgia Tech defeat Wake Forest in overtime two weeks ago and he came away impressed with the campus and the facilities.

"It was not the first time I had been to a Georgia Tech game, but it was my first visit for a game. I got to see a lot of things I did not know that Georgia Tech had. On my tour, we walked through the area where the players get off the bus and walk to the stadium and we got to walk behind the players and walk through the crowd with them. I thought Georgia Tech had a lot of fans out there and a lot of support."

The crowd really impressed Dan-Fodio compared to his previous experiences in Bobby Dodd Stadium in the past.

"The game against Wake Forest was a good game and it went to overtime," he said. "Everybody was up on their feet in the stands the whole game. There was never really a dull moment during the game. The crowd was always into. The offense stepped up big and it was a good experience."

Dan-Fodio has been pleasantly surprised by the amount of success the Jackets have had in their second season under head coach Paul Johnson.

"It kind of surprised me that they are that good, I thought they would be a good team this year, but they are 10-1 now and ranked 7th in the BCS standings and that is outstanding," he said. "I knew they would be good, but not that good."

The Bulldogs and Jackets both figure to be contenders for Dan-Fodio's services if either school decides to offer the talented quarterback.

"I have a lot of interest in both schools because they are in-state and close to home," he said. "That is always a big factor and I have liked both Georgia and Georgia Tech since I was real little. I am very interested."

Dan-Fodio could see himself playing for either Georgia Tech or Georgia despite the drastic differences in the type of offense each school runs.

"I think I can fit into both offenses with Georgia Tech running the triple option, I think I could fit into it well because I am good at running my fakes. When they throw the ball, it is wide open because the defense is waiting for the run. When they throw it, it is always open. Georgia runs more of a pro-style offense and I think it fit very well in that type of offense."

This weekend Dan-Fodio will catch the Bulldogs in action as they face Kentucky.

"This will be my first Georgia game I have ever been to, so that is exciting. I have always been a fan of Georgia and it will be exciting. I know a lot of players on the team," he said.

Several schools are showing their interest in Dan-Fodio and many college coaches have been out to see him practice or play this season. So far, he has offers from Clemson and UAB in his pocket, but he expects more as time goes on.

"I am getting interest from Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Syracuse, Stanford, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Harvard," Dan-Fodio said. "I have talked to some of the coaching staffs and al of those schools are sending a lot of mail. Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Alabama are recruiting me the hardest."

The Redan Raiders struggled in a tough region going 1-9 this season, but Dan-Fodio feels like he has improved in every area of his game this year.

"I did pretty well this season and had a lot more rushing yards this season than I did last year," Dan-Fodio said. "This year I had more of a well-rounded game. I threw the ball pretty well this year."

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