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North Augusta lineman Jake Whitley commits to Georgia Tech

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 1:40 PM
Last updated 10:19 PM
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Jake Whitley didn’t take long to go from offered to committed.

Jake Whitley, an offensive lineman at North Augusta, committed to Georgia Tech on Wednesday, the same day the school offered him a scholarship.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Jake Whitley, an offensive lineman at North Augusta, committed to Georgia Tech on Wednesday, the same day the school offered him a scholarship.

The North Augusta senior offensive lineman committed to Georgia Tech on Wed­nesday, the same day it offered.

“It’s crazy,” Whitley said. “I can’t wrap my mind around it yet. I’m still soaking it in.”

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman was named first team all-area on the offensive line in South Carolina as a sophomore and junior. He said he was recruited to play guard at Georgia Tech.

The lineman, who said Georgia Tech first showed interest his sophomore season, talked with head coach Paul Johnson on Tuesday night. The coach asked whether he offered a scholarship, would Whitley be in.

Whitley said he has visited Georgia Tech numerous times in the past two years, but he won’t stop taking trips now that he’s committed. Instead, Whitley plans on going to the North Carolina game on Sept. 21.

“I just love the coaches and the atmosphere, and you can’t beat the education,” Whitley said.

He has been a key piece of North Augusta’s offense in the past few years. The Yellow Jackets have already scored 88 points this season, taking a 2-0 record into Friday night’s game at Greenbrier.

North Augusta often uses a fast-tempo attack with big passing and rushing plays. At Georgia Tech, Whitley will be part of a run-heavy option system.

“I think I fit real well,” he said. “I have a little work to do, but I’ll be perfect in that offense.”


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