East Hall linebacker Chaz Cheeks knew it was coming for a while now. He had that feeling about Georgia Tech. On Tuesday morning, he decided it was time to give his commitment to the Yellow Jackets.
"I had been planning for a couple weeks now by talking to my family and the coaches. I felt it couldn't get any better. I've always loved Georgia Tech. So I went to my coach and told him I was ready, and he said it was time to call [Tech's] coaches. I talked with Coach Spencer and then we got Coach Paul Johnson on the phone."
Cheeks said he also spoke with defensive line coach Andy McCollum on the phone as well. McCollum was his recruiting coach after taking over for Coach Todd Spencer, who started out recruiting Cheeks for Georgia Tech. Chaz said that Coach Johnson was very happy to receive the news during the phone call. "Coach Johnson was very excited," Cheeks said. "He said that we need to get together very soon and let my family meet him. Now, since I've committed, there's no going around to other schools."
Cheeks has visited Clemson, South Carolina, and Georgia. He also held offers from North Carolina State and Ole Miss to go along with Georgia Tech. So what made Georgia Tech the best option in his eyes? "They're number one in the ACC," he said. "They have great academics. If you graduate from there you'll have a job. It's a great location, close to home. When I was there, it was just a great feel. It felt like it fit."
Georgia Tech recruited Cheeks as an outside linebacker. At 6'3" he should fit the mold of what Tech is looking for in their new 3-4 scheme. "[The new scheme] sounds nice," said Cheeks. "To be coming off the edge, going to try and get somebody. I like that."
Cheeks will be graduating in May of 2011. He knows what "commitment" means at Georgia Tech and he is really looking forward to playing college football there in the future.
"I can't wait to get there and start to get ready; and to help win some more championships!"