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Lots of choices for Choice

As his name suggests,
Tashard Choice will have a lot to choose from in his recruitment.
The Atlanta Lovejoy running back has received 10
scholarship offers from almost every part of the country, including: Penn State,
Boston College, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Duke, Wake Forest, Auburn, Georgia
Southern, Middle Tennessee and Wofford. He's also being pursued heavily by Ole
Miss, Florida, Virginia, Clemson, Georgia Tech and a handful of others.
"I feel pretty good about things," Choice said. "I'm
going to be able to pick the best place for me. The thing now is just getting
around to seeing all the schools and trying to decide where the best fit would
be.
"I'd like to go somewhere that I could play early, so
I'll be looking at the rosters and the depth chart pretty hard to see what kind
of running backs they have. I'll also be looking at how the academic program is.
I'm looking for a strong education (3.9 GPA; straight A's during the spring
semester), somewhere that the degree will mean something when I graduate, and
treats football and winning seriously at the same time."
He recently returned from camps at Ole Miss and
Vanderbilt.
"Ole Miss was really great," he said. "I loved the town
and the campus, although it was kind of out in the country. That would be
different getting used to (coming from the greater Atlanta area). But the people
were really nice and the coaching staff was impressive. They call me 'Deuce' at
our high school, so they joking about that, telling me I was their new Deuce
McAllister.
"Vandy was impressive, too. It's more like Georgia Tech,
a school in the city. I like Nashville a lot. Their coaches came across as very
serious about turning their program around. They told me I'm the type of player
they needed to get the job done, that they wanted people serious about winning.
I liked that."
Choice said he grew up a fan of Georgia Tech and Florida
State. He hopes to receive an offer from the Yellow Jackets, but hasn't had much
contact with the Seminole staff. He's also serious about Florida, Clemson,
Boston College and Penn State, all of which he will try to visit for camps this
summer.
A first-team All-Atlanta selection, Choice (6-1, 205,
4.4) had almost 2,000 all-purpose yards as a junior. He racked up 900 yards
rushing and 17 touchdowns on the ground, 550 yards receiving with eight scores,
and 482 yards via kickoff returns.
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