Updated, 4;30 p.m. – Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu will stay in school for his senior season. He made the announcement Monday afternoon.
“There’s still things that have to be done,” Attaochu said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to come back and be a leader on this team.”
Attaochu had drawn attention to his situation by entering his name to the NFL draft advisory board in December and not offering indication of his intentions until Monday. Attaochu said the board advised him that he had the potential to be drafted.
He called it a pretty difficult decision, one that he arrived on Saturday after talking it over with his family back home in Washington, D.C. The opportunities to develop as a player and teammate and continue towards his degree were certainties that outweighed the lure of being able to start his NFL career a year ahead of schedule and the uncertainty of not knowing who Tech’s next defensive coordinator will be.
“It was tough,” he said, “but at the end of the day I feel like I’m making the best decision right now.”
Attaochu led Tech in sacks and tackles for loss this season for the second year in a row with 10 and 12, respectively. Attaochu played with more production in the latter half of the season. He recorded eight of his sacks in the final six games of the season.
With Attaochu in the fold, Tech will have 16 starters returning for the 2013 season.
Attaochu is recovering from the dislocated elbow he suffered in the Sun Bowl. He wore a sling for a week, he said, but was out of it Monday.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog