Stephenson defensive tackle Michael Thornton secretly committed to Georgia last week and officially revealed the news at his school's signing ceremony Wednesday.
Thornton was one of 29 Stephenson players -- and the last -- to make his college choice.
"I wanted to wait until today [to announce] so all my friends and family could be around me when I made my decision," Thornton said.
"It was tough [keeping it a secret]. Everybody was putting out rumors and speculation. [Georgia] is a great thing for me and my family."
Thornton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's No. 3-rated prospect in the state, selected Georgia over Penn State and Miami. He said it wasn't really close.
"It's the depth chart [at Georgia]. ... I can come in and play right way, and that's what I am preparing to do," Thornton said.
Thornton wore a black suit to the ceremony. When he walked up to the podium, he pulled out a bag with a Georgia hat and jacket and received a standing ovation from the crowd in Stephenson's auditorium.
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