The Vanderbilt football program was the first to offer Peachtree Ridge's Bradley Roby a scholarship in February.
The wide receiver never forgot that and always kept the Commodores at the top of his favorite schools.
On Monday, he made it official, committing to Vanderbilt over a host of Division I offers.
"They've wanted me all along and told me I was their No. 1 receiver," Roby said. "I felt comfortable up there and it was a great family atmosphere. Even though it's four hours away from where I live, I felt at home."
The 6-foot, 176-pound Roby had offers from Auburn, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
"I know some of the other schools have a better tradition and win more, but I think Vanderbilt is on the rise," Roby said. "They are going to a spread and that attracted me as well."
Roby was clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a combine in January. Shortly after, the scholarship offers came rolling in for the senior. Some schools recruited Roby as a defensive back, but he said he plans to play receiver in college.
"Playing in the SEC and for one of the best academic schools in the nation, it doesn't get better than that," Roby said.
Roby had 29 catches for 408 yards and one touchdown last season despite missing the first four games with a broken collar bone.
Roby will be joined in Nashville by South Gwinnett's Jonathan Krause, who committed to the Commodores last month. Vanderbilt has done well in drawing talent from Gwinnett County. Blake Southerland, a 2009 GAC grad, will enroll at Vanderbilt this fall. The Commodores' roster also features Parkview grad Greg Billinger, Collins Hill's T.J. Greenstone, Duluth's Kennard Reeves, Grayson's Tristan Strong and Berkmar's Terrance Jeffers.
"I'm glad to get the recruiting process over and focus on my senior year," Roby said.
Roby is the eighth Gwinnett County football player to make an early commitment, joining North Gwinnett's Austin Shepherd (Alabama) and Ju'Wuan James (Alabama), Collins Hill's Charles Perkins (Georgia Tech), Grayson's Shawn Green (Georgia Tech), Buford's Kolton Houston (Georgia) and Jessel Curry (Auburn) and South's Krause (Vanderbilt).