When Paul Johnson took over as head coach at Georgia Tech, many high school players considering the Yellow Jackets had to re-think their situations because of the power-oriented offense he was likely to bring.
Not offensive linemen, and not Nick McRae.
The senior from Dublin never wavered from his commitment and signed with Johnson and Tech on Wednesday morning at a ceremony inside the Irish's field house.
"I thought about it a little bit. After I met (Johnson) and I talked to people that played for him, it was easy (to stay committed)," McRae said. Also sticking to his choice - though there was no coaching change or transition to affect it - was Trinity Christian running back Colby Jackson, who signed with North Carolina State just a few miles away from Dublin.
Even though he knew where he was going, Jackson still didn't sleep that well.
"It was hard for me to fall asleep and I woke up early," Jackson said. "I knew it was coming but it's the next four to five years of my life. I'm happy to be done with it and know where I'm going for sure."
Co-lineman Johnny Howard was another Division I signee from Dublin, casting his lot with still-rebuilding Savannah State, home to several other Middle Georgians.
Howard joins new coach Robbie Wells, who was hired last month after Theo Lemon and his staff were fired in November after just two seasons.
"They have a whole new coaching staff," Howard said. "They're doing a lot of renovations. I'm looking forward to it." Three Dublin players signed with Cumberland University, an NAIA school in Lebanon, Tenn. The Bulldogs will get running back Kelsea Fordham, defensive lineman Jesse Hall and running back Johnny Reid.
Cumberland finished 3-7 last year.
Fordham was happy to get any college attention following a wrist injury.
"After that happened a lot of (schools) backed out. Cumberland stayed with it," Fordham said.
Andreakas Rollins will decide between Cumberland and Union College within the next week to 10 days.