Friday, November 6, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Another member of Grayson's highly touted defense has committed to a Division I college program. Defensive lineman Joseph Champaign committed to the Naval Academy on Friday, choosing the Midshipmen over several Division I offers.
"It combines academics and football, along with a great career opportunity and the honor to serve my country," Champaign said.
Champaign plans to be a doctor and will major in either biomedical science or sports medicine. He had offers from Stanford, Syracuse, BYU and Marshall according to Scout.com.
Champaign has been a three-year starter for the Rams, leading Grayson to back-to-back Region 8-AAAAA championships. He led the county in sacks with 14 last season.
The senior has 26 tackles and four sacks this season, but has missed the last the last three games with an ACL injury. Champaign injured his knee in the Bookwood game, but is expected to return for the playoffs.
Champaign is the fourth member of the Rams' defense to commit to a college, joining Shawn Green (Georgia Tech), Kori Gaines (BYU) and Terry Williams (East Carolina).
Champaign and the Rams (10-0) completed their second undefeated season after a 42-3 win over Central Gwinnett on Friday. Grayson, which is ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 14 in the nation by USA Today, will play Marietta in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs next week.