September 13, 2010

Peach State junior impressed with Tide D

A number of the top senior and junior prospects from the state of Georgia were in Tuscaloosa last weekend to watch the Crimson Tide's big win over Penn State and among them was one of the top up and coming defensive back prospects in the Peach State, Atlanta (GA) St. Pius X star Geno Smith. The 6-foot, 165-pound cornerback has already picked up multiple offers from SEC and ACC schools following a junior season that included three interceptions and 47 tackles and now Smith is receiving plenty of attention from the defending national champs.

"I got there in the afternoon but I still got a chance to look around the athletic complex and then make it over to the stadium in time to see the Walk of Champions," Smith said. "We ate dinner at the stadium and got to tour the locker room and I got a chance to meet some of the players. I also met Isaiah Crowell who was on the tour with me and he is a pretty cool guy as well."

"The atmosphere the whole day was really exciting. ESPN Gameday was there and you could tell everybody was just really excited for the game. It was a really impressive performance for Alabama and it was really fun to watch them playing at that level."

Smith said he received some encouraging news during the few minutes he got to speak with head coach Nick Saban.

"Before the game, I talked to Coach Saban for a few minutes. It was the first time I had actually met him but he said they had already seen my sophomore film and were really impressed with me. He said they will be offering me at some point soon and they are also going to come to one of my games this year."

While Smith said he was impressed with the Tide's play on both sides of the ball, he kept a special watch on the defensive backs and saw one member of the unit that he particularly identified with.

"I was paying close attention to the guys in the secondary for Alabama and what really impressed me was their speed and their aggressiveness. When I look at Dre Kirkpatrick, I think I have some things in common with him. With are both a little bit taller than average for a cornerback but still have the speed to stay with our guy in man coverage."

Smith said he's in no hurry to announce a college decision and said that the development of his relationships with each school's coaching staff will be the key factor in his decision.

"I'm really nowhere near ready to name any favorites. Right now for me it's all abut developing relationships with coaches and seeing who I feel most comfortable with. I think for me my relationship with the coaching staff will be the most important thing I look at when I make my decision and that's going to take some time to figure out."

Smith boasts a 4.47 forty time, a 33-inch vertical leap and a 3.2 GPA.

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