Southern Cal’s Pete Carroll offers Georgia DE prospect

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Southern Cal offered Garrison Smith (left), who also likes UGA and Georgia Tech. His older brother played at Georgia Tech (AJC)

Douglass defensive end Garrison Smith, one of the nation’s leaders in early scholarships with around 30, had been offered by all of his dream schools except for one. That was Southern Cal, and Pete Carroll called with the news on Wednesday night.

“[Carroll] said he thinks I’m a good player, that I’d be a good fit, and I ought to come out to the West coast,” Smith said. “I was real excited about talking to him. USC is a legendary team with a legendary coach, and always winning championships. It’s just another blessing.”

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Smith was offered by Oklahoma last week, and also holds scholarships from Georgia and Georgia Tech. His older brother, Greg Smith, played for Georgia Tech.

He was rumored to be considering making an early decision, but says he is unsure about when he will commit. “I just want to check out all of my options,” Smith said. “When I commit and give my word, my recruiting is over. So I want to see everything before committing.”

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  • 39 comments Add your comment

    PortlandTrojan

    April 27th, 2009
    2:15 pm

    I’m sorry, I didn’t realize it was best to just make blanket statements about a program/university. Maybe if I lived in the South, I would understand. Here, let me try it your way:

    SEC Suckks! Bama, you got killed by tha utes! Bulldogs, how you like yo’ preseason number 1 ranking now! Yeah!

    Hmmm…

    I didn’t enjoy that. See, I like to visit media sites dedicated to covering regions for other conferences to get some new information and perhaps have an open discussion of what’s happening now in college football. Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of these sites attract a very simple-minded (although passionate) kind of fan.

    On the other hand, it’s not even fair for me to say that. There have been a number of very smart, well-articulated comments on this story. I guess it’s just hard to notice them with all of the screaming, slobbering superfans drowning them out.

    What if, instead of just railing against all things non-SEC, you welcomed a discussion with fans from other conferences? What if we could all just explore our thoughts on what we can expect from this coming year. For instance, I know all there is to know about USC’s depth chart, spring practice performances, likely future starters and stars, etc…

    I don’t know these things in such detail about SEC teams. But I’d love to learn more. And by learn more, I’m not talking about hearing how the Pac-10 is weak, how USC sucks or any of that. First of all, it’s not based in any kind of reality. Secondly, I’d much rather hear about why you’re excited about this coming year for your teams. Who are the under-the-radar players who will become well-known by season’s end? Who are you most excited to see take the field? Which games in particular do you have circled on your calendars?

    urban saben

    April 23rd, 2009
    2:44 pm

    billy’s right on this
    PORTLAND TROGAn is a “Douche”

    PortlandTrojan

    April 23rd, 2009
    12:57 pm

    That’s very profound, billy. I like the way you supported your position with evidence.

    billy

    April 23rd, 2009
    9:25 am

    USC SUCKS everybody

    timthebrave

    April 21st, 2009
    1:22 pm

    Bowdown—GA played a Pac 10 team and completely destroyed them on their home turf last year. ASU fans remember. It should have been worse without the terrible referees. USC is definitely a top tier program. They could compete and win in the SEC. The problem is their schedule is weak. You can’t point out 6 tough games like you can on UGA schedule. Compare GA Schedule
    Oklahoma State
    South Carolina
    Arkansas
    Arizona State
    LSU
    Tennessee
    Vanderbilt
    Florida
    Tennessee Tech
    Auburn
    Kentucky
    Georgia Tech

    vs USC schedule
    San Jose St
    Ohio State
    Washington
    Wash. St
    California
    Notre Dame
    Oregon State
    Oregon
    Arizona State
    Stanford
    UCLA
    Arizona

    Also a Dawg Fan

    April 20th, 2009
    7:07 pm

    Jarvis Jones won’t qualify academically…..Can u say Hargrave Military Academy…

    joe

    April 20th, 2009
    4:11 am

    I’m just saying. There are now, 2 teams with 2 Crystal Balls, LSU & Fla.
    The rest of this conversation is conjecture.

    Sam Bam Cunningham

    April 19th, 2009
    5:09 pm

    Come join your boy Jarvis Jones in sunny Los Angeles, Garrison.

    BowDown

    April 19th, 2009
    12:42 pm

    Not a USC fan but I respect them as a Pac-10 fan and an intelligent person. Always amazed at the simpletons in the SEC, you guys can’t ever seem to get your facts or your logic straight which says volumes about an SEC “education”. The SEC is seriously overrated. Alabama last year was a JOKE. PAC-10 went 5-0 in bowls, plays anyone, anywhere and the SEC still can’t figure out a map to get out of the South. lol