"For starters, I'm committed to Georgia Southern," 2013 DE Ryan George said. "But my options are open. My options aren't closed until Signing Day when I write my name on that paper.
"I will [make my collegiate decision] based on where I can get a great education first and foremost, and what will prepare me for the years after football."
George made his verbal commitment for family reasons, among others.
"My cousin Darius Eubanks goes to Georgia Southern," George explained. "He really opened up my eyes to a lot. It's a great school. They're going [Division I] FBS next season.
"And, the coach showed me a lot of love when nobody else did," George continued. "They offered me off my junior highlights; nobody else did. They've been on me since my junior year."
And although his loyalty lies with the one who loved him first, George has experienced recent interest from other major programs, including the SEC.
"Missouri let me know that I'm high on their list about a month ago," George said. "I love Missouri's coach. He told me that he likes my size. He sees me as a rush end, probably linebacker at some times. I'm really looking forward to seeing Missouri."
"The University of Illinois called my coach [Tuesday] and asked for my transcript," George said. "They're giving me good looks. They're talking about extending a scholarship, but I'm not pressing the issue. If it happens, it happens. I'm taking it slow.
"I shared my highlight tape on Facebook and Twitter and [also] sent it to the Illinois coaches," he continued. "They liked it, so they called my coach. I had no previous contact with them."
As for UConn, George says "I'm as intrigued in them as they are in me. They're as new to me as Illinois. After the season, I started getting a lot of looks and interest from schools I didn't know much about."
So, which schools will earn an official visit from George?
"Georgia Southern is the only one I'm certain about now," he admitted. "I'll take that visit in January. Another school, the University of Southern Illinois, asked me if I was interested in taking an official up there, and I told them yes.
"As far as UConn, Missouri and Illinois, they've been talking mostly to my coach."
With multiple opportunities on the table, George still admits his dream schools are in the SEC. "I've wanted to go [to the University of Georgia] since I was young. I also love the University of Tennessee. They were looking at me before the new coaching staff.
"If a bigger offer like either of those were to come in, I'd pull the trigger. It's just a game of who does it first."
While his high school career has come to an end, George was selected to play in the Dekalb County (GA) All-Star Game. Although he will be in attendance on December 21st, he will not play due to an injury to his ankle.