Nation's top basketball recruit Derrick Favors signs letter-of-intent with Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech fans can rejoice, it's finally official.

Derrick Favors, the nation's top basketball recruit, according to, finally signed his letter-of-intent Wednesday to play for the Yellow Jackets.

At a signing ceremony at South Atlanta High School on Wednesday afternoon, the prized recruit celebrated with a ceremony in front of several dozen classmates in the school auditorium. Signing on the start of the winter sport signing period, he is officially a Yellow Jacket.

"It's a great way to end my high school career; first to get a state championship, and then to sign in front of my friends," Favors said.

The South Atlanta Hornets won the GHSA Class AAA title game at the Macon Colisuem last month. Leading the Hornets to the win over Westover, Favors had 38 points, five blocks and 21 rebounds.

"Every so often, great basketball players come to a school, and you all know we have had a number come through here at South Atlanta," South Atlanta head coach Michael Reddick told the crowd, "but there have been none greater than the young man I want to introduce you to today: Derrick Favors."

Recruited the better part of the last two years by a host of top national programs, it was Georgia Tech that won out in the sweepstakes when the 6-foot-10 forward committed to the school on national television in January. The same day as his announced commitment, he was the headlining guest at a Georgia Tech game against ACC Champion Duke.

In addition to winning a state title, he garnered a host of national awards this past year, including the Naismith Award, which recognizes the country's top high school player.

Favors said he intends to begin working out at Georgia Tech this summer, following his graduation.