ATHENS – Normally, at Joseph's Home for Boys in Statesboro, they buy their clothes off the rack. And, normally, the house phone doesn't ring off the hook with some of the most well-known coaches in college football on the other end of the line.
Normal, though, started to go out the window four years ago at Joseph's. That's when one of its longtime residents, DeAngelo Tyson, entered his freshman year at Statesboro High School and began to blossom into a football star.
It was about then that Amy Futch, the administrative director at Joseph's, had to start pulling out clothes catalogs as Tyson grew into the 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive lineman who will sign a football scholarship with Georgia on Feb. 6.
Joseph's, a group home that takes boys ages 8 to 18 from the state's Department of Family and Children's Services, always had relied on clothing donations for its needs.
"With DeAngelo we do have to special order a lot of things," she said.
Tyson has been at Joseph's since he was 11 years old. His parents, he said, live in Savannah. His relationship with them, he said, "is in the past."
Joseph's has a maximum capacity of 15 and usually is filled to nearly that number. Paid house parents trade shifts to keep adults there at all times. Tyson has a room, which he calls an apartment, upstairs.
"The place I stay here is very good," he said. "It's a great group of people here who want to see you succeed, so they push you to be a better person."
The attention surrounding the home during Tyson's recruitment has been "surreal," Futch said.