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Monroe OL Chamberlain verbals to Tech

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Monroe High School offensive lineman Bryan Chamberlain felt like he was auditioning for a scholarship while at Georgia Tech's summer camp.

It just so happened that he was.

Chamberlain was eventually offered that scholarship, and the junior verbally committed earlier this week to sign a national letter of intent with the Yellow Jackets early next year.

"It feels really good," said Chamberlain, who graded out at 91 percent as a junior. "I feel a lot of stress relief because it's easy to go ahead and commit and not worry about what school you want to go to during next football season."

Chamberlain became the first Monroe player since Charles Truitt took over as the Tornadoes' coach in 2004 to sign with a FBS school.

"It's a very big positive for him," said Truitt, who coached Monroe to a 7-4 record last season. "After he went to camp, they pretty much told him he had the scholarship. They were the first one to offer, so he wanted to commit and stay with that commitment."

That could be easier said than done, considering that Mitchell County junior receiver Justin Scott verbally committed to Stanford earlier this year and has since re-opened the recruiting process.

Chamberlain, however, said he wants to attend Georgia Tech for more reasons than just the fact the Yellow Jackets are the reigning ACC champions.

"With them running the triple-option offense, I can fit into their scheme,"

said Chamberlain, who stands 6-foot-4, 280 pounds. "There's no greater place to play than in Atlanta and for Georgia Tech."

Also, former Monroe and NFL player Derrick Moore, who is the Yellow Jackets' chaplain, seemed ready to welcome Chamberlain.

"He's really happy to know I'm going to play there," Chamberlain said. "He said he is so happy to see someone else from Monroe getting ready to play there."

With a 3.4 GPA, Chamberlain is a fit for Georgia Tech's environment overall, according to Truitt.

"They were not only impressed with his ability to be agile, pull and trap on the line, he has done what it would take to get things done in the classroom," Truitt said. "If you want to do great things, great things can happen."

And that's certainly true for Chamberlain.

"My family is thinking of some way for us to celebrate," Chamberlain said.