August 5, 2012

2014 DB takes a look

There is little doubt that Walton defensive back D.J. Smith is already one of the stars of the 2014 recruiting class in the state of Georgia.

At 6-foot, 180 pounds, the star junior already has excellent size for a cornerback, and there is little doubt that, regardless of class, Smith is of the most athletic players in the Peach State.

On Saturday, the Walton standout decided to make the trip to Athens to see what Georgia has to offer, and the Bulldog coaching staff has one of his teammates - a UGA commit - to thank for the visit.

"Earlier in the week, we had a cleanup day at the school and Brandon (Kublanow) told me that he was headed up to Athens on Saturday and I should go," said Smith. "So I told him I would go and he called Coach (Mark) Richt and told him we were coming. So we went with a friend, and I'm glad we did. The visit was really really really good."

While in the Classic City, Smith got a full tour of the Georgia facilities and liked what he saw.

"I got to see the Ramsey Center, and it was like a huge L.A. Fitness. It was really cool," said Smith. "We got to see the stadium and the locker rooms, too. I also go to see one of the player's dorm rooms, and they were super nice, too. I got to see all of the facilities."

After visiting Alabama earlier this summer, the Raider defensive back had been told by other recruits that the defending national champions had facilities that no other school could match.

Smith, however, doesn't share that opinion after visiting UGA.

"Some guys were telling me that Alabama had the best facilities, but I think Georgia's is better," he said. "Alabama's may be a little bigger, but I think Georgia's was nicer and better overall. Alabama's is great too, but Georgia's was a little better."

The visit to Athens wasn't all about seeing the Georgia campus.

Smith had a chance to sit down and speak with some Georgia coaches, and had some face time with the Bulldog head man.

"I had about a 30 minute conversation with Coach Richt," said Smith. "He is a really good guy and he related with me really well. He was telling me about how his parents were divorced just like mine are, and was telling me stories about life. He is a really good guy. I also got a chance to see some other coaches. I talked with Coach (Bryan) McClendon, and he is a cool guy, and a couple of other coaches.
With five SEC offers and a number of other impressive offers before his junior year has even begun, it is clear that Smith's talent isn't a secret to anyone at this point.

Several schools are recruiting him hard at this point, but Smith says that one school is recruiting him a littler harder than the rest.

"All the schools that have offered have been recruiting me hard. I can tell that Georgia really likes me and they are very warm in their recruitment, but they aren't recruiting me the hardest." said Smith. "Florida is recruiting me the hardest right now."

Smith's Walton Raiders are set to face off against Brookwood on August 25 at the Corky Kell Classic, and the junior leader says that he and his team are counting the days.

"I'm ready. I know that I am ready," he said. "But it isn't just all about me and it is more about our team. I believe our team is ready too, and we have some athletes that can make plays so we are ready to get going."

When it comes to the recruiting process, Smith has nothing but good things to say about how things have gone thus far.

"I have to say it has been really fun so far. Just going to different states and seeing different places has been fun," he said. "I'm just blessed to be in this position to be recruited and experience it all."

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