Favors Talks About Process, Decision

Unless you've been under a rock the past week and a half, you're aware that Derrick Favors, Scout.com's top prospect, committed to Georgia Tech. We caught up with the big man to get his take on the recruiting process and to walk us through his decision.

"I'm relieved," Derrick Favors said.

Those were the first two words Favors muttered during our five-minute conversation Thursday afternoon. The nation's top prospect was excited to have the recruiting process behind him.

But the decision he made last week to commit to Georgia Tech wasn't an easy on.

"It was exciting and fun," Favors said of the recruiting process. "With all of the college coaches calling me and coming to see me play, that was a lot of fun."

So what hit Favors on January 12th, the night he decided he was ready to announce his decision? According the 6-foot-9, 220-pound big man he just got a good feeling about staying in Atlanta (Ga.).

"I considered everybody equally, but that night I just went ahead and made my mind up," he said. "It just hit me. I started thinking about it and I just decided I wanted to stay at home."

"I just thought about it for a long time and I just decided that I wanted to stay at home," Favors said. "I like the coaching staff, the players and just that it's so close to home."

While it appears location ultimately played the biggest factor in his decision, Paul Hewitt and his coaching staff developed a great relationship with the South Atlanta (Ga.) High product and their history of developing pros factored in as well.

"He's a cool coach," Favors said about Hewitt. "We have a good relationship going."

"[I like] their player development and how many guys they've had go to the NBA from Georgia Tech," he continued. "I like the academics and stuff too."

Favors said he never thought about deciding during the fall. The spring, however, was his initial plan, but when he decided that he wanted to play in front of his friends and family, he opted for an announcement.

"I was going to decide in the spring, but I just wanted to get it over with," Favors admitted.

With the addition of Favors, the Yellow Jackets now have one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Following the fall signing period, their class, which consisted of four players, was ranked No. 23 overall.

When the rankings are revised, expect Georgia Tech to make a significant jump. Along with Favors, their class also includes a pair of four-star prospects in Mfon Udofia and Kammeon Holsey, as well as three-star prospects Brian Oliver and Glen Rice.

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