For two years now, Adam Choice (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central) has been terrorizing opposing defenses as a quarterback for the Yellow Jackets, but the 5-foot-9, 195-pound rising junior will likely do his damage in college at running back. Related to former Georgia Tech standout running backs Tashard Choice and Joe Burns, it might seem that Choice is on the fast track to continue wearing the navy and gold at the next level. Last week, another school let Choice know it would rather see him in red and black.
“Georgia said they liked that I was a physical yet fast runner,” Choice said. “They said they have two sophomores that might leave early, so they wanted to build for the future with me.”
Choice said he had 1,600 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore and was a Class AAAA second-team All-State selection last season. Getting his first offer from a school like Georgia was an honor to Choice, who had never been in Athens before last Friday.
“Getting that first offer was really exciting, and it meant a lot to me,” Choice said. “I like Georgia a lot and they are a program with great tradition. To get an offer from them was big news, it made me proud, and it showed my hard work is starting to pay off. That makes me want to play even harder so they come after me even more.”
During his time on campus, Choice was able to learn more about the Bulldogs’ program, including how important it is that the student athletes work toward getting their degree first and foremost.
“I liked the fact that they really focus on academics and stress getting an education,” Choice said. “They do things the right way, and they are like one big family.”
Upon his arrival to Georgia, Choice was also made to feel welcome by the coaching staff.
“Coach [Bryan] McClendon, Coach [Mike] Bobo and Coach [Mark] Richt are all really nice guys that treated me like family,” Choice said. “They are religious, consistent and they all really showed me that they wanted me at Georgia.”
Interestingly enough, even with the ties to Georgia Tech, Choice admitted he had not been on the Flats since 2001, the last time Burns played there. Choice dispelled the notion that he should be considered a lock to the Yellow Jackets, a possibility that even the Bulldogs’ coaching staff joked about with him during his visit.
“I had a couple family members go to Georgia Tech, but me and my family are going to be very open with the process,” Choice said.
For now, the Bulldogs have made a solid impression on the 2014 running back target.
“I could definitely see Georgia being in my top group when all is said and done,” Choice said. “I have to see other schools too, but I like how everything is set up and the way things are going.”
Choice hopes to make trips to Florida and Georgia Tech this summer.