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Grovetown's Jean accepts Georgia Tech offer

Posted: March 19, 2016 - 11:02pm
Grovetown's Ben Jean accepts an offer to play at Georgia Tech. He is surrounded by his brother, Joseph, stepfather, Wes, and mother, LeAnn.  Photo by Chris Gay
Photo by Chris Gay
Grovetown's Ben Jean accepts an offer to play at Georgia Tech. He is surrounded by his brother, Joseph, stepfather, Wes, and mother, LeAnn.

Academics have always held a high priority for Ben Jean.

The Grovetown senior, who said he wants to eventually become a doctor, with a focus on orthopedics, carries a 3.8 GPA. He’s also a member of the National Honor Society.

When Jean was looking for a college football home, he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to play for Georgia Tech, which offered him a preferred walk-on deal.

“Academics was always a big thing for me,” Jean said. “Their science is reknown. And their medical field is really good, too.”

While working hard in school, Jean also showed what he could do on the gridiron the past two seasons.

The versatile playmaker scored 15 touchdowns his junior season while also playing defense. Last year, he recorded 92 tackles, including seven tackles for loss.

Jean also added three sacks and one interception.

The NCAA allows Division I programs 85 full scholarships, with a limited number of preferred walk-on spots.

Former Grovetown football coach Rodney Holder said Georgia Tech was particular about offering Jean a chance to be a part of its program.

“Most of the time, that’ll be your long-snapper, your kicker, your punter,” Holder said about the preferred walk-ons. “Those kids are full everything else minus the money. Colleges don’t hand them out like tic-tacs. He’s going to have a great opportunity.”

The 6-foot, 190-pound Jean will play safety at Georgia Tech.

Despite not getting any scholarship money, he is guaranteed a spot on the team and will receive the same benefits as every other player – a regular walk-on would have to try out for a roster spot.

Jean will report June 14 to the Atlanta school to get a head start on football and summer classes.

Jean had offers to play out of state for smaller programs.

But the allure of playing for Georgia Tech was too strong.

“Georgia Tech is just where my heart was,” Jean said. “I want to go into the science field. I want to go into the medical field.”

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