Last Saturday Westside Macon, GA receiver Steve Dolphus visited Georgia Tech. Following the visit Dolphus had planned to take his official visits before choosing a school. That plan changed Wednesday with his commitment to Tech.
When we talked to Steve following the visit, he had decided to wait on making a decision until after he had taken his three official visits even though the visit was his best one so far. Those were to be to Tech, Central Florida, and Mississippi State. That all changed after Steve did some thinking. “I woke up this morning and knew what I wanted to do. I didn't need to visit any other place. I just knew in my heart Georgia Tech was where I needed to attend college."
Steve called Coach Paul Johnson and Coach Ray Rychleski to give them the good news. "They were both ecstatic about me deciding to come to Georgia Tech.” The Tech coaches had made Dolphus their priority and Steve felt good about that. “I know Coach (Buzz) Preston has done a lot with the receivers at Tech, just look in the NFL.” Coach Johnson likes big receivers and the 6’5” Johnson fits that bill.
On his visit to Tech, Steve and his mom got to talk briefly with Coach Johnson on the field prior to the game. Steve also got together with Coach Rychleski. “I really enjoy talking to him. He was very open and honest with me.”
Having his mom on the visit was very important. She was influential in the final decision. Steve’s mom loved the visit. “She fell in love with the coaches and loved that it was only a short drive to Tech.” His mom’s opinion meant a lot to Steve and led to his decision.
Steve also talked with others close to him. “In addition to talking it over with my mom, I talked to a teacher at school and my minister. Everything came back that Georgia Tech was the place for me." Steve’s teacher showed him the value of a Tech degree. “He said that I would be challenged and that this was a good thing.” Steve hopes to major in business.
With Westside playing this Saturday, Steve will not be able to return for the Florida State game. Dolphus plans to be in Atlanta for the Georgia game. “I know I will be there rooting for my future teammates."