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Giants sign Mark Herzlich

One player many considered the jewel of the undrafted free-agent rookies says he will sign with the New York Giants.

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich tweeted Tuesday that he has decided to sign with coach Tom Coughlin's team.

"Decision is made I will be a #GIANT can't wait to get to #NYC," Herzlich tweeted. "Thank you for everything."

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"They're a team that needs linebackers and it's a great opportunity for me to get in," Herzlich said Tuesday in an interview with ESPN's "SportsCenter".

The Giants need to upgrade at linebacker, and Herzlich once was considered one of the top linebackers in college football. However, Herzlich missed the entire 2009 season due to Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

He recovered in time to return for Boston College's 2010 season, when he recorded 65 tackles and four interceptions. He says he checks out fine now.

"My health is great right now," Herzlich said. "I had my checkups yesterday. ... Everyhing was clear and fine."

While he said he won't know how he's playing until he straps on the pads, he said: "I feel great. I feel fast. I feel fluid."

And he thinks he's good fit for the Giants.

"They're a pressure team," Herzlich said. "They like to get pressure on the quarterback. They need some 'backers to be there."

After going undrafted, Herzlich has generated a lot of interest of late.

"It's been a lot different going frome zero teams pursuing me to lots of teams," he said. "It makes you think 'What's changed?'"

Herzlich credited his recent workouts for changing some minds. He's ready to prove some teams wrong.

"I do have a chip on my shoulder and there's really no other way to go about it," he said.

Herzlich is the latest Boston College product to be a Giant, joining former BC coach Coughlin and former BC standout Chris Snee. Mathias Kiwanuka also starred at Boston College and Herzlich is friends with the defensive end. He wore Kiwanuka's No. 94 at Boston College after Kiwanuka joined the Giants. Kiwanuka is a free agent and the Giants hope to re-sign the defensive end.

Herzlich is the third rookie linebacker the Giants will need to bring up to speed quickly. The Giants drafted Michigan State's Greg Jones and South Florida's Jacquian Williams in the sixth round.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.

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