For a long time, Kyle Harris said knew he wanted to back out of his commitment to Georgia Tech. Finally this week he got up the nerve to call the Yellow Jackets’ coaches and tell them what he’d been thinking.
Harris, a 6-foot-3, 283-pound offensive lineman from Pepperell, officially de-committed from Georgia Tech on Monday morning.
“The reason I de-committed is I just didn’t feel like Tech was the place for me,” Harris said shortly after leaving Pepperell’s practice Tuesday evening. “I talked to my family about it and my whole family said I needed to do what’s best for me. There were just a lot of things that didn’t fit.
“I want a degree in teaching. At Georgia Tech, I was going to have to do something else, then go to Georgia State to get my teaching certificate. And I’m smart. I do well in school. But the valedictorians at my school go to Georgia Tech. I just didn’t feel like it was me.”
Harris was asked why, then, did he commit to the Yellow Jackets back in June?
“They already [had committed] three offensive linemen and they said they were only going to sign three or four. I wanted to grab a spot somewhere close to home while I had a chance.”
Harris made up his mind to de-commit after visiting the University of South Carolina on Sunday. He discussed it with his family on the ride home and called Tech coaches when he woke up Monday morning. He said than phone call was among the toughest things he has ever done.
“They tried to talk me out of it but I told them I’d made up my mind,” Harris said. “Tech didn’t do anything wrong. I just decided to go in another direction.”
Meanwhile, the Gamecocks emerge as Harris’ early leader. He also plans to take a look at Tennessee and Ole Miss before the end of the season.
“I just like the idea of playing in the SEC,” he said. “That’s where the best football is played. I’m really interested in South Carolina. We went up there and checked out the place and they have everything we need and they win.”
Georgia Tech still has 14 commitments remaining in its 2011 class. It will sign in the neighborhood of 20 players in February.