Hometown star explains why he picked Georgia Tech over Tennessee

Georgia Tech's Brian Gregory (AJC)

Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory (AJC)

Josh Okogie of Snellville, Ga., wrote out the pros and cons of each school he was considering prior to his scheduled announcement on Tuesday.

“It was really close,” Okogie said. “It was actually almost a split-second decision.”

Ultimately, the pendulum swung in Georgia Tech’s favor, as the 3-star shooting guard from Shiloh High School verbally committed to the Yellow Jackets over Tennessee and Kansas State during Gwinnett County’s media days.

“Georgia Tech was the ideal choice when you think about the whole package,” Okogie said. “They had both the academics and the right basketball situation as far as coming in and making an impact as a freshman.”

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard expects to contribute immediately. He said his role is to make a difference and to change the program, led by Brian Gregory. Okogie said his relationship with Gregory was also a determining factor. He developed a personal bond with the fifth-year head coach throughout the recruitment process.

“He’s more of like a friend, I would say,” Okogie said.

The Georgia native also cited the program’s proximity to home as having an impact on his decision.

“The support base I get here, nothing beats that at the end of the day,” Okogie said.

Okogie becomes the third player to commit to Georgia Tech in 2016, joining small forward Christian Matthews (Fort Washington, Md.) and power forward Romello White (Marietta, Ga.). Per 247Sports.com, the Yellow Jackets have the 30th ranked recruiting class in 2016 and the sixth overall in the ACC.

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