Why did Mario decide to transfer?
"Back in January my dad was in the hospital and not doing well. So, I felt I needed to be closer to home. I talked with Georgia Tech's compliance people and they told me to file a hardship waiver with the NCAA. I talked with Virginia Tech's compliance people also, and they ok'd everything. They said I have a strong case. I should find out pretty soon."
Did he consider any other schools?
"I also looked at Mississippi State, but they were still about 4 hours away from home. Georgia Tech is fifteen minutes from home and they were also my number 2 during my recruitment."
Has he been in contact with coaches?
"I talked to Coach (Dave) Wommack back in January a lot and I like him a lot. He is a people person. He says he'll put me at free safety when camp begins this fall."
Mario says his dad is getting better but it's a long process. It's looking like he will be granted a hardship and will be eligible to line up for the Yellow Jackets this fall. This comes at a great time for Georgia Tech, as the depth in the defensive backfield is in question. He will have 3 years of eligibility left. This is his message to Yellow Jacket fans:
"I'm happy to be back home. I hope I make the fans proud and help bring a championship to Atlanta!"