"Yes sir, it's true," said QB Sean Renfree, who didn't want to make a big to do about his announcement. "I didn't want to have a press conference. I wanted to keep it somewhat low key. This morning I just talked with my head coach and my dad, and we called Chan Gailey, Georgia Tech's head coach, and let him know."
His list of finalists narrowed this week before he decided to make his pick between Arizona State and Georgia Tech.
"This week I brought it down to Boise State, Oregon State, Stanford, ASU and Georgia Tech," said Renfree. "I was just looking at them all – gathering information on them, going over their pluses and minuses. And then about Thursday I narrowed it down to ASU and Georgia Tech. And then Friday I just got a gut feeling that Georgia Tech was definitely the place. And then I sat on it this weekend to be sure and decided on it today."
Was it tough to leave behind a home state school and get farther away?
"No, I think that was a deciding factor for getting away because since I started high school it's kind of been my goal to get out of state – even though I love Arizona – to experience something new," said Renfree. "I almost decided to go to ASU because I was so impressed with their program, but in the end, I just decided that I needed to get away and experience something different. My mom grew up in the South and Atlanta, when I was there, I just loved the city."
There are plans in the works to make it back to Atlanta for Georgia Tech's July 7th camp.
"I'd like to," said Renfree. "I'm planning to. I'll just go to their camp and help them recruit some more players for our class."
Sean knows about being recruited by other player in the class. 4-star wide receiver Chris Jackson has been on Renfree for some time now.
"He's a good player and an even better person," said Renfree of Jackson. "It's always fun to talk with him and see what he's up to. So, I'm going to talk to him again tonight about seeing if I can go out there and what I can do to help them out."
"He's been texting me and calling me every now and then trying to help me look at all of the positives and negatives and has been supportive in showing me that Georgia Tech was the right place for me to go. I'm excited to work with him for the next 4 or 5 years."
Does Sean have anyone in mind as far as guys he'd also like to get to GT?
"I know they have a couple (they've been recruiting) here (in Arizona) – like I know Jamal Womble, Covaughn Deboskie, and Jeff Locke," said Renfree. "I'll try and get in touch with those guys and then whoever else they need me to. I don't know who they are recruiting really heavily but whatever they need me to do."
Depth charts was something Renfree considered but in the end he's going to have a fight on his hand to start just about anywhere.
"I've looked at all of that stuff...but the coaches have told me the best person is going to play," said Renfree. "And I'm going to do everything I can to prepare to fight for that starting spot."
"I'm always going to have to compete at a good program… and I'll never know who's going to be coming behind me."
Finally, the offensive schemes and individual opportunities really didn't play as much of a role in his decision as did his chances to compete and play for a team with big goals.
"It's not really important to me how much they are going to be throwing," said Renfree. "As long as I'm winning games – that's what's going to be important. As long as we can be competitive to win a conference championship and a national championship – that's all I care about."