Key West, Fla. cornerback Laurence Marius became the tenth commitment for the Yellow Jackets choosing them over offers from Duke, West Virginia, Ole Miss and Minnesota amongst others. The 5-foot-10, 162-pounder went on an official visit to Atlanta this weekend. What caused him to give a commitment now?
"I pretty much knew I wanted to commit there and on the visit it came down to the atmosphere and timing," he said. "I know there are a lot of things to do there with all the places in Atlanta and the coaches explained how they'll help you, so that's really tight. I also asked the players how they felt about playing there and overall I just felt good about the place."
Marius told Chan Gailey this morning of his decision.
"He told me he had just watched some of my film and was glad because I'm one of those guys he needs and is happy to have me," he said. "He told me how the defensive coordinator is a really good guy and if they offer you it means they really want you. That made me feel good especially when we talked about playing time and he said if I do what I can I should be able to compete for a spot next year."
The three-star prospect is relieved to have the decision behind him so that he can focus on preparing for next season.
"It's a big weight off my shoulders as now I can work hard to get ready," he said. "I'm going to wait for the tapes of film and when I get those after I sign, I'm going to work hard everyday.
"I feel I can bring a lot when I get there and it could mean some trouble for some offenses. I know I just have to relax my mind and go out there and prove it."
Marius had a final note to say to fans at Georgia Tech.
"I feel they just got a big player at defensive back and I'm looking forward to playing for them."
The No. 41 cornerback in the country has cancelled his officials to Duke on December 9th and South Carolina on January 13th.