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Four-star Tenn. DB Gentry Bonds commits to Georgia Tech

Class of 2017 four-star defensive back Gentry Bonds has planned to take several official visits this fall before announcing his college decision. But then he and his family made the trip south to Atlanta to stop in on Georgia Tech in late July. That trip made Bonds realize he didn't have to travel all over to find his college home and on Thursday he made it official.

"I'm committed to Georgia Tech," Bonds told "I feel like it's a great atmosphere there and really family like and it just felt like home for me."

Because of the decision, Bonds scrapped planned official visits to Kentucky, Nebraska and Missouri. He said that while it was a big move, it's not one he and his family came to lightly.

Gentry Bonds

"I had a really long talk with my family last night and we decided that if Georgia Tech felt like home then why wait. I didn’t see any point in waiting and they didn’t either so I went ahead and made the decision."

Bonds, the nation's No. 35 overall cornerback, said the chance to play his natural position of cornerback as well as see the field early also played a big role in his decision.

"I'm comfortable playing either position but I like playing corner," Bonds said. "I spoke a lot with the coaches about where I'll be playing and they told me they see me as a boundary corner and they see me playing early. That's something that really intrigued me."

Bonds hails from the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro and said he's excited to make the move to Atlanta.

"When I first visited I expected it to be this really big city," Bonds said. "But Georgia Tech is kind of like it's own college town within the big city. That's something that is pretty cool. So you really get the best of both worlds."

Now that he's in the fold, Bonds said he will be a regular at Yellow Jackets games this fall.

"Me and my family are going to come down and really see what it's like on a game day," Bonds said. "I haven't gotten to experience that yet but I'm ready and excited."

With his commitment, Bonds becomes the highest ranked member of the school's 2017 recruiting class. He's also the school's fourth defensive back commitment in its 11-member class.