Last Minute 4 Star Discusses Decision.

Louisiana DL, and Georgia Tech signee <b>Darryl Richard</b> was one of the hardest players to reach via telephone in the class of 2004. Rarely giving interviews or speaking to the media, Richard had a cloud of uncertainty surrounding his college choice, and he kept quite a few schools sweating his decision until the very end. When it was all said and done on February 4th, the Yellow Jackets received his signature and got themselves quite a gem to boot.

"I chose Georgia Tech because I liked the atmosphere there. I love the area, and they had the best facilities I saw of all the places visited. I think I can go in and play early as well," Darryl Richard said.

When did the big man come to a final decision?

"I made it while I was sitting in the office on signing day. It came down to Georgia Tech and Miami. I just saw myself better at Tech."

Did the Jacket coaches get the good news before the fax arrived on the Flats?

"No, I called them after I signed. I just heard a whole bunch of noise in the background when I told them. Coach Gailey sounded excited, and just told me to be ready when I got there."

Did Tech's wide array of out of state recruits make Daryl feel a bit more comfortable coming in on a clean slate with everybody else?

"It's a real big thing with Georgia Tech's widespread recruiting. They recruit nationally, and as a player you just feel more comfortable coming in with others in your same situation. I heard lots of stuff about schools and how they treat the in state guys a little better."

Richard is currently slated to major in Management when he reports to campus this fall. He will be a welcome addition to a Georgia Tech defensive line in need of depth for the 2004 season. Top Stories