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Buford star Kaela Davis headed to Georgia Tech

Kaela Davis, who committed verbally to Tennessee early on before backing off, now plans to play her college basketball close to home.

The Buford standout -- rated among the top three senior prospects in the nation -- has verbally committed to Georgia Tech, giving the Yellow Jackets one of their most acclaimed recruits ever.

The first day that a player can officially sign a scholarship is Nov. 14.

The 6-foot-2 Davis is ranked behind Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore., and one spot ahead of Diamond DeShields of Norcross in the national rankings of seniors by ESPN.com's HoopGurlz. Russell is headed to Tennessee and DeShields to North Carolina.

Davis verbally committed to Tennessee in May 2010, but changed her mind in February of the following year. Her brother, A.J., committed to the Vols in September and will sign later this month.

Davis teamed with DeShields to lead Norcross to the Class AAAAA state title as a freshman before transferring to Buford. The Wolves won the Class AA title in 2011 and finished as the runner-up to Lovett last season.

Buford teammate Andraya Carter signed with Tennessee and will be a freshman this season for the Vols, who play at Georgia Tech on Nov. 11.

Davis averaged 18.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals last season while winning all-state and all-county recognition for the third straight year.

Georgia Tech made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last March and is ranked in the Top 25 polls going into this season. The Yellow Jackets finished No. 10 in the coaches poll last season.