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For Tremayne McNair, strong academics and playing time were factors in his decision to commit to Georgia Tech on Sunday. But neither was the main reason he chose the Yellow Jackets.
“I just love the city of Atlanta,” said the 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Jacksonville, N.C., said Monday. “I just like the way it’s located right in the middle of a big city. I didn’t think I’d like that at first but, after going down there and seeing it in person, that’s one of the things I like most about it.”
There’s not many places like Atlanta where McNair comes from. The closest major city to Jacksonville, where McNair stars for White Oak High School, is Wilmington, N.C.
Those factors — and others — contributed to McNair’s decision to choose the Jackets over Clemson and North Carolina. He committed to Tech Sunday night after a lenghty discussion with his family.
He cited a strong relationship with recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum — or Coach Mac, as he calls him — who was recruiting him for N.C. State before moving to Tech earlier this year. He also said he said he plans for a career in sports management and likes Tech’s management program. Then there’s the Jackets’ new 3-4 defense under defensive coordinator Al Groh. He said they want him to play outside linebacker and use his speed to supply a pass rush off the end.
Then there’s McNair’s connection to two other North Carolinians, quarterback Vad Lee of Durham and defensive back Dominique Noble of Mount Ulla.
“We’ve all been talking to each other a little bit,” McNair said. “I met Vad at a photo shoot for Tom Lemming one time and I met Dominique at the Shrine Game combine and playing basketball. So we’ve been texting each other about everything.”
Suddenly the Jackets are filling up fast at linebacker. McNair is the fourth, joining Caldwell, Chaz Cheeks and Jabari Hunt-Days. Their top remaining target is four-star DE/OLB prospect Stephon Tuitt of Monroe Area.
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