By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Being recruited by USC has taught Douglass defensive tackle Garrison Smith a thing or two about life on the West Coast.
“I actually talk to two coaches, Coach T-Mac [Todd McNair] and Coach [Jethro] Franklin,” Smith told scout.com. “They are real cool dudes and are just real down to earth. They aren’t Hollywood type people like a lot of people like to stereotype those who live out in California.”
Smith, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound rising senior, hasn’t been to California — yet, anyway — but it’s in his plans.
“Oh, yeah, oh yeah, that’s a big trip and I gotta go see what it’s like in California,” he said. “I heard it never rains in southern California, just like the song says.”
With more than 50 schools offering him scholarships — Georgia and Georgia Tech long ago became part of that number, along with the who’s who of college football — Smith has his pick. But for now he lacks interest in anointing a favorite.
“I’m just looking at all the schools and seeing what they have to offer,” he said. “I like all the schoolsand I wasn’t expecting all of this to happen with recruiting, and have so many amazing opportunities. I’m just real thankful for everything and I‘m just going to check out all the schools. God has been good to me.”