Monroe High School defensive lineman Brentavious Glanton puts on a Georgia Tech visor after announcing he was verbally committing to play football for the Yellow Jackets Tuesday at Monroe High School. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
ALBANY — Brentavious Glanton nervously addressed his teammates, friends and teachers in the Monroe High School cafeteria Tuesday afternoon.
He thanked them for coming, then he sat down behind the table in between his mother and father with a pair of hats in front of him. One was an orange Tennessee cap, while the other was a large, camouflage outdoor hat.
The senior defensive lineman quickly pulled out a visor from underneath the camouflaged hat and uttered, “Georgia Tech baby,” as the students rose to their feet in applause.
The three-star prospect by rivals.com announced he will sign with the Jackets over offers from Tennessee, North Carolina State, California and Indiana on National Signing Day next February. Commitments are non-binding.
“It was very exciting, but I was nervous and all too,” Glanton said. “I’m thankful for all of my teammates, family and friends for supporting me.”
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman is expected to have a big season for the Tornadoes. He recorded 65 tackles and eight sacks in 2013. He has been timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Glanton exploded onto the recruiting circuit after a strong spring and summer.
Monroe coach Charles Truitt believes that Glanton will have a bigger season now that he has made his college decision.
“I believe this day is going to translate into a real good season for us,” Truitt said. “This is big for our school because it lets others see what hard work can do. We’re going to have eight or 10 more players this year sign. Hopefully, this will motivate them.”
A key reason for Glanton’s decision to commit to Georgia Tech he said was his relationship with defensive line coach Mike Pelton.
“That factored into it a lot,” Glanton said. “Georgia Tech also has great tradition and excellent facilities. Hopefully, we can bring the winning back to Georgia Tech.”