Jarrett said his interest in attending the Atlantic Coast Conference program started when the Yellow Jackets’ coaching staff attended the New Manchester spring workouts last May.
“I spoke with the Georgia Tech coaches and they said the team could use some running backs that could step in and play for them,” Jarrett said.
The Douglasville resident visited the Georgia Tech campus in June and continued conversations with the coaches throughout the summer.
“I committed to Georgia Tech because it’s in the middle of Atlanta, liked the people and tradition of the program,” said Jarrett, who plans to major in computer science. “I’m excited to compete in the ACC in front of my family and friends.”
Jarrett’s commitment coincides with another top running back from Douglas County, fellow senior Mikell Lands-Davis of Alexander, who also selected Georgia Tech as his college of choice this summer.
“We’ve communicated with each other through social media and I’m excited to team up with him,” said Jarrett.
The two will even face each other on the gridiron this year as Alexander hosts New Manchester on Nov. 7 in the final game of the regular season.
Last season, Jarrett had 835 all-purpose yards and eight total touchdowns for the Jaguars. He helped lead New Manchester to six wins and the program’s first-ever winning season.
“I stayed focused and healthy this offseason,” said Jarrett. “We’ve switched our offense into an I-formation which means I should get more yards and touches. We fell short of the playoffs last year but I’m looking forward to making them this year.”
New Manchester opens the season Aug. 22 at home against Douglas County.