At the 2018 Forsyth Sports Media Day on Wednesday, July 25, South Forsyth defensive end Jamal Camp said he hoped to make a college decision by the third or fourth game of the upcoming football season.
As it turns out, all he needed was a week.
Camp verbally committed to Georgia Tech early Wednesday, announcing his decision on Twitter. He becomes the second Camp to join the Yellow Jackets, following in the footsteps of older brother Jalen, a wide receiver who is now a junior.
"I'm definitely relieved and happy,” Camp said. “Being with my brother definitely played a role in my decision. Even though I didn't play on the varsity football team my ninth-grade year, I was a freshman and he was a senior. It's a little of the same thing."
Jalen did his part in helping recruit his younger brother to make the short trip to Atlanta, showing him videos of the locker room and trying to get him the same academic adviser. Tech met the requirements Jamal Camp had, with proximity to his family being one of the biggest ones.
"I definitely asked (Jalen what he thought) about it, " Camp said. "He's extremely excited as well as I. He's been there for three years now, so it's not like I'm going into a new school blind. He's told me the ins and outs of how football was (there), day-to-day. "
Camp chose Georgia Tech just two days after receiving his offer from the Yellow Jackets. He chose them over a host of other schools interested in his services, including Tennessee, Jacksonville and James Madison. At Media Day, he said his plan was to take everything a day at a time, but his timetable was shortened by circumstances. Camp was one of two players at nose tackle that Tech offered, and the Yellow Jackets would only accept one of them. With the opportunity too good to pass up, Camp made his move.
"I knew going into that offer that I didn't really have time," he said. "I don't know what the other guy was thinking or what his mindset was but I wasn't going to just sit back and wait."
While he was recruited as a nose tackle, the coaching staff at Tech told Camp that he may be asked to play at other positions on the defense due to his athleticism. Wherever he ends up playing, he’s just happy to be at a place that checks off all the important boxes.
"(The) education is top of the line," Camp said. "You can't really beat a Georgia Tech education and being so close to home that my family can see me any time they need to. The rich history and the tradition, I wanted to be a part of something like that."