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Macon native Smelter drafted by San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers drafted Macon native DeAndre Smelter Saturday afternoon in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

The former Tattnall Square standout only played two years of college football at Georgia Tech following a baseball career.

Smelter became the Yellow Jackets' most reliable wide receiver as a senior, catching 35 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned second-team All-ACC honors.

Smelter's draft stock dropped after he tore his ACL against Georgia in November.

Smelter was one of the most decorated prep athletes in Middle Georgia history. The Telegraph named him Athlete of the Year multiple times. He was also named The Telegraph GISA Player of the Year in Baseball, Football and Basketball at various times while in high school.

Smelter didn't play football his senior year at Tattnall to focus on baseball. He was drafted in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but he decided to play baseball at Georgia Tech instead.

Smelter became the second player in Tattnall history to get drafted. Former Georgia Tech punter Durant Brooks was selected in sixth round of the 2008 draft.

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