Tri-Cities – East Point, Ga.
No. 60 S in the country
No. 76 overall player in Georgia
Playing football at Georgia was always Kirby Choates’s dream.
Choates, a three-star safety from East Point, Ga., just had to make sure his job was done at Tri-Cities High before making his college football dream a reality. Choates could breathe a sigh of relief when National Signing Day arrived.
“The decision I made was based on a childhood dream,” Choates said. “Georgia has been there for me since the 10th grade. It’s just that I had a couple of issues to take care of before I could make that dream come true.”
The six-foot, 187-pound defensive back was in constant contact with Georgia’s defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, and running backs coach Bryan McClendon throughout his entire recruiting process. Pruitt’s confidence in Choates’s abilities has opened up doors for the future Bulldog. Just watching his game film it’s easy to see why other Georgia coaches may be fighting over Choates upon his arrival in Athens.
“Pruitt told me he thought I could play all six defensive back positions, such as the nickel the corners and the free,” Choates said. “There’s been talk that Coach Richt wants me to play running back, but Pruitt wants me to play for him.”
While Choates has been a Georgia fan since he was a kid, a few trips to Athens just proved he liked the Dawgs for all the right reasons. Sanford Stadium felt like a place Choates could call his future home as he attended Georgia’s season opening win over Clemson and late-season routing of Auburn.
“I had a coach take me up there, and I knew then Georgia was the place for me,” Choates said.
All Choates needed was an offer, which was given to him following his official visit to Georgia in late January. The recruiting is over and now it’s time for Choates to make the most of an opportunity he’s worked his whole life for.
“I can’t wait,” Choates said. “I’m just ready to get out of here and get to Georgia.”
HONORS: Scout.com three-star prospect, No. 60 ranked safety nationally, No. 27 ranked in the South…Dawg Post No. 76 ranked overall player in Georgia
SCOUTING: Kirby - he's a tough, athletic kid; a guy that loves Georgia. When the opportunity came to get him, he accepted that offer, and we're glad that he did. - Mark Richt
SCOUTING: Choates is a real football player. When watching his tape, you see toughness, aggression, and someone who loves contact. He plays with emotion, flies to the ball and likes to make big hits. - Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: There could be a tug of war over where Kirby Choates winds up playing, but his best shot will be as a defensive back. But at which spot in the secondary?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: We’ve seen, of late at Georgia, guys who are not the biggest or highly-rated come in and not only be productive, but start. Kirby Choates, who never talked about, but signed with Georgia, will have that chance now. What he does with that opportunity is up to him.