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Newnan's Raymond Beno picked Tech over childhood favorite

12:40 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008

Newnan's Raymond Beno, who committed to Georgia Tech, said it was a recent offer by his childhood favorite college that increased his recruiting stakes. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder was offered by Miami about three weeks ago. Beno closely followed the Hurricanes while his family lived in Tampa, Fla., for the first 11 years of his life. "When Miami offered me, yes, I think it made some other schools take notice, " said Beno. Beno said he turned down Miami because he felt like Tech was the "perfect fit" for him. He took a tour of Tech's campus last week, and was offered after a long conversation with coach Paul Johnson. When Beno returned to watch the Yellow Jackets practice on Wednesday, he revealed his decision to Johnson before workouts. "My family and friends, they are all real happy for me, " Beno said. "Georgia Tech is where I needed to be." He was considering Tech among 12 offers, including Wake Forest and Southern Miss. Also, Georgia, Florida State, West Virginia and Auburn had not offered but have displayed heavy interest. Beno, however, said recruiting is over. "I'm 100-percent committed to Georgia Tech, " Beno said. "That's where I am going, and I'm excited about it."

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