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Grayson defensive tackle Shawn Green became the ninth commitment of Georgia Tech’s 2010 class when he gave the Yellow Jackets his pledge early Wednesday morning.
Green, a 6-foot-1, 280-pound rising senior, had at least 17 scholarship offers, including opportunities at Auburn, BYU, Florida State, Louisville, Maryland, Ole Miss and South Carolina. But he’ll get the opportunity to compete for playing time early on The Flats. The Jackets lost three starters off their defensive line off last year’s 9-4 team.
“[Tech] has been recruiting me since the spring and they’ve been recruiting me pretty hard,” said Green, who had 69 tackles — including 22 for losses — and seven sacks as a junior last season. “I didn’t feel like I got the same treatment from other schools. I went to Florida State and I didn’t feel the same love. I just liked the way they made me feel and I liked all the coaches so I decided to just go ahead and make it official.”
Green didn’t hold a grandiose ceremony or send out any sort of media blitz for his announcement Wednesday. In fact, he was difficult to get on the telephone. That’s because after calling Tech coaches with the news, he went out on the practice field for a morning workout with his Grayson teammates.
His recruitment, he pronounced, is now over.
“This is where I want to go,” Green said. “Now I’m going to concentrate on my senior year and trying to win a state championship.”
Tech’s 2010 class is filling up class. it currently only has 12 spots open for next season though that number could grow to 15 or 16 between now and next fall.