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Custis picks Tech to continue career

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Lovejoy running back Travis Custis, who rushed for 1,839 yards last season, has committed to signing with Georgia Tech on National Signing Day next February.

Jeff Hurndon Photography Lovejoy running back Travis Custis, who rushed for 1,839 yards last season, has committed to signing with Georgia Tech on National Signing Day next February.

Since Travis Custis is a running back, and Georgia Tech is a run-oriented team, Lovejoy coach Al Hughes says it could be a good fit for his standout player.

Earlier this week, Custis became the first player to commit to Georgia Tech for 2013.

“I was surprised he did it so soon,” Hughes said. “(Georgia Tech) coach (Paul) Johnson is a good man, and Georgia Tech is a good school. They like to run the football, and Travis is a good running back.”

In helping the Wildcats to their first state-championship appearance, Custis rushed for 1,839 yards and 30 touchdowns to become a first-team all-state selection. After injuries to their starting running back during the 2010 season, Custis became a focal point of the Wildcats’ offense.

He followed that with a breakout season last season in helping the team to its second straight Region 4-AAAA title.

The 6-foot, 215-pounder chose the Yellow Jackets over scholarship offers from Miami, Tennessee, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Virginia and Mississippi State.

“Coach Paul Johnson and the rest of the Georgia Tech coaches have really shown us a lot of love, and we feel like we can come here and make a difference,” his father, Travis Sr. told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We liked Georgia Tech, and the other schools we were really looking at were starting to fill up at running back … so we thought, ‘Why wait any longer?’ ”

Custis, who is rated as a three-star prospect by most recruiting services, becomes the first commitment for the Yellow Jackets this year.

This past season, Custis broke all Lovejoy’s rushing records previously held by former Georgia Tech standout Tashard Choice, who currently plays for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.

Hughes, who also coached Choice, said the two are similar running backs.

“They (Tech) are getting a real good running back,” Hughes said. “I’m glad I have him for one more season. They have very similar styles of running. Tashard is a strong inside runner who can also hurt you outside. It’s the same with Travis. Travis is a power runner. He’s a slasher but also has great breakaway speed.”