Marcus Hunt picks Georgia Tech

Marcus Hunt (Riverdale, Ga./N. Clayton), No. 60 overall in the 2012 class, committed to Georgia Tech on Friday over Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

The No. 14-ranked small forward in the 2012 class a physical presence with tremendous versatility to his game. He is the highest-rated player coach Brian Gregory has landed since arriving in Atlanta last spring. Hunt's relationship with the coach began early one morning last spring.

"The relationship started at the open period when he came to one of my six o'clock workouts when I had just arrived back from [Real Deal on the Hill in Arkansas]," Hunt said. "He was there that day. The whole Georgia Tech staff was there that day."

Hunt had watched Gregory's team at Dayton, not knowing he was the coach but liked what he saw. At the time, he had no way of knowing who Gregory was but he liked the style of the Flyers. "I loved the way his teams got out and ran."

The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder is Georgia Tech's second commitment in the Class of 2012 and the second player from the state of Georgia to pledge. Gregory's focus on in-staters yielded Chris Bolden (Norcross, Ga./North Gwinnett) earlier in the month.

Hunt played AAU ball with Bolden. His focus now shifts toward helping the Yellow Jackets in their pursuit of ESPNU 100 PF Robert Carter (Thomasville, Ga./Shiloh).

In the fall of 2012, Hunt will be ready to play college basketball because physically his body is there.

"I'm going to bring a lot of different attributes; shooting, ballhandling. I try to fill up the stat sheet every game. I'm a big body, and I'll fight right in. [Gregory] said I'm physically ready."

Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at espndt@gmail.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.