Lehn walks on and into Georgia Tech’s football line-up

November 10th, 2006    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Ian Lehn has walked on and made the Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Ga.) football team.

This is a very rare and impressive feat for a non-recruited athlete to walk on and make a Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football team.

“I’m on the team as a third string linebacker,” said Lehn, a 2004 graduate of Batavia High School.

As a Bulldog, the son of Rick and Kelly Lehn was a Southern Buckeye Conference all-star in football and wrestling and was a state mat qualifier. He also competed as a member of the Clermont Rowing team that practices and competes on Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park.

“What got me thinking about doing this was a talk I had with (Batavia head football) coach (Jamie) Corrill my senior year,” said Lehn. “He told me I should try to walk on in college to play football and I decided to try it down here.”

Now a junior at Georgia Tech, last year Lehn tried out for and made the Yellow Jackets’ cheerleader squad.

“I became a cheerleader for a year in order to get a chance to work out with the football team and to get training,” said the mechanical engineering major.

At 5-feet, 11-inches he increased his already impressive and powerful physique from a high school weight of about 160 pounds to his present 230 pounds.

Lehn’s accomplishment is one that is very rare. Many athletes plan to sit out a year and then go on to play college sports, but this rarely works out.

The only other recent example of this plan succeeding was in 1983 when Mike Thompson, a 1982 graduate of Glen Este High School, sat out one year to weight train and develop more quickness. Thompson sat out a year and went from a 165-pound Eastern Hills League football and track all-star who was bench pressing about 200 pounds to walking on at nationally-ranked Wilmington College and starting at linebacker as a freshman for a national playoff qualifying team. He had increased his body weight to 210 pounds and a bench press of more than 300 pounds.

“Right now I’m on the development squad so I can learn the plays and get bigger, stronger, and faster,” said Lehn. “I’m ecstatic.”

Ian Lehn, former football star and state wrestling qualifier at Batavia High School, is continuing his stellar athletic cereer as a member of the Division I Georgia Tech football team.
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