Eddie George has a couple of recruiting guidelines for his son.
The Tennessee State football coach told The Tennessean on Friday that Eriq George, a senior defensive lineman at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, has freedom to choose whichever school he would like, except for two of them.
“He can’t go to Jackson State,” Eddie George said at his son’s game in Nashville. “He’s not going there or that team up north (Michigan, the rival school of Eddie George’s alma mater, Ohio State). But I tell him to see all that’s out there and ultimately trust your intuition, trust your gut.”
Standing 6’2” and 260 pounds, Eriq already holds an offer from Marshall and also is being recruited by several FCS schools, including Furman and TSU, per USA Today.
Despite his reservations and both rivalries, George reiterated that he plans to fully support whatever Eriq decides.
“This is his deal, his process, his career,” George said. “He knows what I’m doing (at TSU). He’s around me every day, and he knows how he’s going to get coached (if he chooses TSU). I tell him to go and see what’s out there. Go where your heart’s desire is.”
George, who won the Heisman Trophy in his final season at Ohio State in 1995, rushed for 10,441 yards throughout his nine-year career, as he topped 1,000 rushing yards in seven of his eight seasons with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans before finishing his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2004.
He is already enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, earning that honor in 2012.