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Updated: Auburn lineman to Georgia Tech ‘not a done deal’ yet

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UPDATED 5/9 @ 5:30 p.m. ET: The father of Thomas O’Reilly told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a transfer to Georgia Tech is “not a done deal at this point.

“We’ve talked,” Shaun O’Reilly said. “We know the school very well from when he was recruited as a [high-school prospect]. It’s a great school and it has a ton to offer.”


A three-star athlete from Auburn’s 2010 recruiting class, offensive lineman Thomas O’Reilly will apparently finish his collegiate career elsewhere.

AuburnUndercover first reported today that O’Reilly plans to transfer to Georgia Tech (subscription required). Joel Erickson of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer was able to confirm that Auburn had granted O’Reilly his release.

O’Reilly came to Auburn reportedly with a pre-existing injury and sat out all of 2011. It didn’t appear as though O’Reilly was cracking the two-deep this spring, either.

The lineman is a Marietta, Ga., native, which is just north of Atlanta.

If the report of O’Reilly’s transfer comes to fruition, he will have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules. Or, he could receive a special waiver to play immediately.

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4 Responses to “Updated: Auburn lineman to Georgia Tech ‘not a done deal’ yet”
  1. jimbo75025 says: May 9, 2012 5:16 AM

    Unusual. Usually when football players transfer, it is to a school with less stringent academics and not vice versa.

  2. gatiger says: May 9, 2012 6:55 AM

    Auburn’s an engineering school, GA Tech is an engineering school. If not on scholarship, won’t have to pay out of state tuition. From Marietta, home probably less than 30 minutes from campus, momma’s home cooking…

    Plus, Linemen are typically pretty good academically.

    Sorry it didn’t work out for him at Auburn, good luck at Tech.

  3. urfinished says: May 9, 2012 2:45 PM

    Now he’s going to have to learn to chop block with Paul Johnson…where offensive linemen try to end their opponents careers.

  4. bullneck11 says: May 10, 2012 11:23 AM

    This is all about playing time. He is not making it at Auburn and he can most likely play at Ga Tech.

    I think that is it in a nutshell.

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