January 25, 2013

Choice has a leader?

Thomas County Central running back Adam Choice has been turning heads of late.

The South Georgia standout, who rushed for 1,658 yards and 23 touchdowns as a quarterback in his junior season, showed flashes of play making ability at Rising Seniors in December.

He also impressed at the Under Armour underclassmen combine by putting his strength, quick feet, and pass-catching ability on display.

With all of that in mind, it is easy to see why Choice has a number of offers from BCS schools, and it is something for which he is thankful.

"I see it as a blessing," Choice said of the recruiting process. "I was talking with my coach and he was telling me just to enjoy it. Not many people get this opportunity. I'm taking it day by day and trying to make sure to make the best decision that is going to be right for me in the end."

It is still early for the four-star running back, but Choice says that one school is clearly coming after him the hardest.

"I would say Georgia has definitely been in the most contact with me and recruiting me the most," he said. "I've been hearing from Clemson, Florida, and South Carolina. I've called some coaches and sent out my highlight tape. I've talked to (Georgia) Tech a lot."

Last weekend, Choice was in Athens for a baseball camp at Foley Field, but made the most of the trip by spending Sunday with the Georgia football staff.

"I went with a friend to a UGA baseball camp for hitting and fielding on Saturday," Choice said. "On Sunday, they had a pitching camp. I'm not a pitcher, but my friend is so I took advantage and took a visit to the football side. I had a chance visit with Coach (Mike) Bobo and Coach (Bryan) McClendon. I got to speak to Coach (Mark) Richt again. It was a great visit to Georgia and I really liked it."

Bobo and McClendon have had a key role in Choice's recruitment to UGA thus far, and the Rivals250 running back has a high opinion of each Bulldog assistant coach.

"They are great guys. They go about things the right way," he said. "They are straight up and honest with you. They are also very funny to me and I like being around them. It seems to me that they will be straight on with you and not tell you anything that is false. In the end, I believe they guide their players in the right direction. That is something you want in a coach. I'm sure a lot of coaches are like that, but they are high quality guys."

The Bulldogs have hosted Choice a number of times and appear to have him high on the big board at running back.

Choice, however, is still taking a strong look at some other schools and plans to take plenty of visits before making up his mind.

"As of late, I've been looking at Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida, but at the same time, I can't evaluate them because I haven't taken a visit there," Choice said. "I'm hoping and praying that eventually I can visit all those other schools. I want to get out and take some visits. I really want to go see all those schools. I want to see as many schools as I can because, in the end, it is going to help me make my decision."

Despite his interest in other schools, Choice's multiple visits to the Classic City seems to have put Georgia on top for the time being.

"I would say that since I have been to Georgia so much, they are my leader," he said. "I like the way they handle their program and the way they handle their students and athletics. They are my leader right now."

Choice hit over .400 in his junior season at Thomas County Central in limited action due to a hamstring injury, and, as a two-sport star, the junior standout believes that the time could come when he has to choose one sport over the other.

If that scenario does arise, Choice has an idea of what decision he will make.

"I want to (play baseball and football), but I know it might hinder football for me," he said. "I would like to and really want to, but if schools have problems with it I might have to just choose to play football. Baseball is a great sport and I don't know if I am ready to let go of it right yet."

Choice admits that he isn't the kind of prospect that will drag the recruiting process out until National Signing Day, but he also knows that he doesn't have a specific timeline for when he will make a decision.

When he has that feeling, Choice says he will just go ahead and pull the trigger on a commitment.

"Whenever I talk with my parents and we discover which school is right for me, I won't hold back," he said. "I'll probably just go ahead and commit. I'll do it when I know for sure where I want to go."

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