By Doug Gorman
The high school football season won't start for another month, but Luella standout Roderick Sweeting has already secured his college future even before stepping on the field for his senior season.
According to Rivals.com, Sweeting, an All-State candidate at defensive back, verbally committed to play for Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech on Thursday.
Verbal commitments are non-binding, and Sweeting won't officially belong to Georgia Tech until he signs with the Yellow Jackets next February.
Sweeting was involved in an intense recruiting battle and also had offers from Alabama in the SEC and Tech rival Clemson in the ACC.
Ohio State and West Virginia were also among the colleges which offered Sweeting a scholarship.
Sweeting enters his senior season as one of the top players in the Southern Crescent.
Luella, which just missed the playoffs for the first time in school history last year after going 5-5 overall, is expected to challenge for the Region 2-AAAAA title this year.
Sweeting will begin his senior season on Aug. 29 at home against Meadowcreek.
Once Sweeting arrives at Tech, he will be part of the recent Southern Crescent pipeline to the school.
He could one day join former North Clayton standout Morgan Burnett in the defensive back field.
Burnett enjoyed a stellar freshman year last season for the Yellow Jackets, leading the team with three interceptions and adding 57 tackles.
Former Union Grove linebacker Kyle Jackson redshirted at Tech last fall, but came out of spring practice first on the team's depth chart at the position.
He could also see time on the special teams this fall.
Jackson's Union Grove teammate Steven Sylvester is set to enter his freshman year at Georgia Tech as a linebacker.
Eagle's Landing graduate Alex Paquette has been a walk on for his first three years at Tech, but the red-shirt junior is expected to see more playing time this year.
Several players from Henry and Clayton County have gone to Georgia Tech in recent years including running back Tashard Choice and Jonesboro's Darrell Robertson.
Choice, who played running back at Tech, and former Yellow Jacket defensive end Darrell Robertson are teammates again with the Dallas Cowboys. Jonesboro's Jamal Lewis also played at Georgia Tech.