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Georgia Tech's Gostis Ready To Compete

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Georgia Tech's defensive line may soon feature a raw nose tackle from Australia. Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images.
Georgia Tech's defensive line may soon feature a raw nose tackle from Australia. Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images.

Meet Georgia Tech's Adam Gostis. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, the Australian defensive lineman is a man of massive proportions.

Slotted to compete for a starting spot at the nose tackle position for the Yellow Jackets, Gostis is a little different than most international athletes. He became intrigued with American football at a early age when he noticed an American football flyer near his hometown of Abbotsford, Victoria. The 14-year-old Gostis already was well-entrenched in sports, participating in rugby and Australian Rules football. According to ESPN reports, Gostis had the build to play against 17- and 18-year-olds on the defensive line using his quickness to shed blocks and being a defensive force. When not on the football field, Gostis served as a lifeguard in his native Australia. 

Gostis first worldwide opportunity came in the World Games when Paul Manera noticed the big bruiser with quick feet working on the line of scrimmage. After the World Games, Georgia Tech recruiters contacted Gostis to gage his interest in coming to America for a workout and the potential chance to play the sport he seemed to dominate since the age of 14. At the time, Gostis was playing for an Australian Rules football league where athletes were responsible for purchasing and maintaining their own equipment. Teams practiced twice a week and played 10 regular-season games per season.

Manera mentored Gostis and provided him with the opportunity to meet with members of the Tech coaching staff.

"I have watched Adam play and he is very competitive," Manera told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "He is very determined and coachable. He plays with a lot of heart which is something you can't measure in a weight room. He has the raw tools to excel and just needs to be in an environment where he can compete on a daily basis. He is very coachable and I believe he will be able to master the skills needed to play his position."

Gostis' athletic abilities transcend the football field. As a teenager he was also skilled on the hardwood. In 2013, Yellow Jackets fans should be lining up at Bobby Dobb Stadium eager to watch him compete against the ACC's best.