Nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle picks UGA over Florida

Garrison Smith (left) is UGA-bound and will be competing against brother Greg Smith's former team, archrival Georgia Tech (AJC file)

Garrison Smith said his family will have to get some new colors to wear after he committed to Georgia on Sunday night.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Smith is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle by Scout and picked the Bulldogs over more than 50 early offers. His older brother, Greg Smith, played for Georgia’s archrival, Georgia Tech.

“My family is going to have to buy some Georgia clothes, they are all Georgia fans now,” Smith told the AJC.

The Smiths are not the only family to have a son play for each in-state college. Some examples are Morgan Burnett, Tech’s All-America candidate at safety, who opted not to follow in the footsteps of Cap Burnett to Georgia. Shawn Jones was quarterback for Tech’s 1990 national championship team, and competed directly against Georgia defender Mike Jones.

The elder Smith played A-back for Tech from 2006-08, and has transferred to Jacksonvile State for his final year.

“Yeah, ‘Go Dawgs,” Greg said with a laugh. “My brother is his own man, and he has to choose his path. He feels like Georgia is the best fit, and I’ll definitely be supporting him.”

The younger Smith is commitment No. 16 for Georgia, which is expected to sign between 18-21 players in February. He joins a heralded 2010 recruiting class that also has early pledges from Newnan safety Alec Ogletree and Calhoun wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers.

Smith has favored Georgia for many months, but visited other schools to confirm his choice. He finally decided to go public after visiting Athens this past weekend. He took his parents and grandmother to meet with Georgia coach Mark Richt

“It went great, it felt like home … it’s a great school with great coaches and I wanted to be part of it,” Smith said. “[Richt] was real excited when I told him about my commitment. He was happy that I was finally going to do it.”

Smith, who also considered Florida and Southern Cal, said he was glad to be finished with the recruiting process. He is ready to focus on his senior season at Atlanta’s Douglass High School.

“I had a lot of fun with recruiting, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Smith said. “It was a blessing from God because not too many people are in the same situation. I took it all in the stride and am very thankful for everything.”

200 comments Add your comment

Luke

July 19th, 2009
7:30 pm

UGA all day!

mike

July 19th, 2009
7:30 pm

hauyell yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OldDawg55

July 19th, 2009
7:32 pm

Congratlations on a good choice Garrison, years after your football days are over you’ll still be pointed out as a Damn Good Dawg! Welcome to the Bulldog Nation and enjoy the rest of your high school days. You’ll be a welcome addition to the Dawg program and your folks will enjoy being able to see you play and know you’re in good hands at Georgia.

BobDog

July 19th, 2009
7:32 pm

Congratulations, Garrison. You were fortunate to have many great choices. Work hard and you will do well. Welcome to UGA.

msd

July 19th, 2009
7:35 pm

michael

July 19th, 2009
7:36 pm

The future of DAWG NATION is looking mighty bright!

Big Dawg

July 19th, 2009
7:37 pm

Welcome Brother Dawg, you will have a chance to make an instant impact.

Go Dawgs

Jim morrison

July 19th, 2009
7:39 pm

Who gives a F?

Gators still will win another SEC Championship.

Enough Said!!

BruffDawg

July 19th, 2009
7:40 pm

You made the right choice. You will soon find out why. GO DAWGS!!!

Big O

July 19th, 2009
7:40 pm

Congrats KID AS a Doug high grad I sure Battle and Dent being Doug High grads will show you the ropes, Go Dawgs

The Ole Ball Coach

July 19th, 2009
7:41 pm

welcome Mr.Smith

F-Dawg

July 19th, 2009
7:41 pm

Congratulations and welcome to the Bulldog Nation!!! God bless

BruffDawg

July 19th, 2009
7:42 pm

Obviously everyone who didn’t sign this kid cares. He looks hungry. He can fill up on gator qbs.

Jeannie

July 19th, 2009
7:42 pm

You made the right decision Garrsion, welcome to UGA !!!

Old Gold

July 19th, 2009
7:42 pm

I’m glad he’s not coming to GT because he would probably end up transferring to Jacksonville State like his brother anyway.

Dawg Fan

July 19th, 2009
7:43 pm

Habersham Brave

July 19th, 2009
7:44 pm

Go Dawgs and to Heck with Tech!

UGA Nation

July 19th, 2009
7:45 pm

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldawg. Welcome Garrison Smith! You are the Man!

BruffDawg

July 19th, 2009
7:45 pm

How often do teams repeat in the SEC? Not very. Florida goes down in Jacksonville this year 28-21. GO DAWGS!!!

Welcome to the Bulldog Family Mr Garrison !!!!!!!

July 19th, 2009
7:48 pm

We are so happy and proud of you son in becoming part of this Beautiful University surrounded by a Great town (Athens) Beautiful Campus (UGA) and most of all your ( BULLDOG FAMILY) !!!!!!. God Bless you son !! GATA Garrison !!!! IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG !!!!!!!!!

Taylor S

July 19th, 2009
7:50 pm

Free article on rivals about Dawg night this week end in Athens … http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=880&CID=966308

Interesting quote from Malcome … is Mack Brown in the bag ?

South Georgia Dawg

July 19th, 2009
7:53 pm

Congratulation !!! I heard your commitment and I really respect you for giving all the Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. You have your head screwed on right. I am glad Coach Mark Richt will be a big part of your life. Go Dawgs

GatorBait

July 19th, 2009
8:01 pm

The kid wants playing time- who can blame him. Different playing for USC out west or the gators- he might have to wait a year or so at those schools. UGA will be in top 3 of SEC east year in and year out- not bad but nothing like UF. Go Gators

IT'S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG !!!!!!

July 19th, 2009
8:02 pm

Wellcome home Mr. Garrison.

Jethro Tull

July 19th, 2009
8:04 pm

Very overrated and so is Mack Brown, too. You can have them both. More potential talent wasted by joining the great talent abyss known as ugag.

His brother couldn’t put forth enough effort to hang on CPJ’s team.

GatorBait

July 19th, 2009
8:06 pm

doubt this guy had a UF or USC (out west) offer. sounds good to say that.

Lil Yodi

July 19th, 2009
8:07 pm

Congrats to Garrison Smith, welcome aboard!! Hey Dawg fans, ignore the haters… “haters gone hate”. It always amazes me how haters come on blogs and leave comments like “who gives a F”, “so what”…. “who cares”…etc. If you don’t care why waste your precious valuabe time by even coming to the blog entry and leaving a comment?

Let me tell you something Gaytorbait ....

July 19th, 2009
8:10 pm

There is nothing here that says UF. If I am not mistaking this is about (Garrison Smith) & his future school (UGA) so for once …Have a little respect on his desicion & give credit were is do & quit being ARROGANT A$$HOLES !!!!!!!! Like i said….this ain’t about your school this is about GARRISON SMITH & HIS COLLEGE OF CHOICE !!!!!!!!! GATA GARRISON & THE HELL WITH FU !!!!!!!

country boy

July 19th, 2009
8:11 pm

Good choice

Smart choice Garrison. I am sure you will learn much more from an even-mannered moral gentleman setting a good example of how to live a good life as opposed to a filthy mouthed egomaniac.

BEWARE OF THE BITE

July 19th, 2009
8:11 pm

UGA is staight doing work recruiting over the past month and a half. The class is almost complete now. WOW. Just need to coach em up…Beware of the BITE son…

Rowdy Roddy Piper

July 19th, 2009
8:12 pm

Gator, you don’t have a clue. Garrison had over 50 legit offers and went with the right one. GATA DAWGS!!!

Lil Yodi

July 19th, 2009
8:12 pm

LOL @ Gatorbait, you ppl make me laugh… would you think the same thing if he actually committed to the Gators?? You think ppl just make this stuff up when they said he picked the Dawgs over the Gators??? Two major recruiting services have him rated at the no.2 player at his position nationally… what makes you doubt he had the offers?? LOL ppl are funny.

true fan

July 19th, 2009
8:13 pm

Tech and Gaytor fans are showing their true colors by talking trash about a high school kid. Have some class people, oh wait people who wear jorts usually dont have class. Good luck Garrison, can’t wait to see you in the Red and Black. Go Dawgs!!!

LawDawg

July 19th, 2009
8:16 pm

Since he was rated the No. 2 DT prospect in the nation, I would guess offers from USC and UF were on the table…

Paddy

July 19th, 2009
8:17 pm

jim morrison…great comments from a 4 year old. Have an idea or go back to painting within the line on your lunch box. What a maroon.

BruffDawg

July 19th, 2009
8:19 pm

Nah USC and FLA don’t go after the high rated prospects. Thay just coach them up. LOL!!! Sour Grapes.

FL DAWG

July 19th, 2009
8:19 pm

Nice choice young man. You could not have gone wrong with either choice, I’m glad you picked UGA. Study hard and make the grade. GATA! GO DAWGS!

Jethro... I see mommy finally let you....

July 19th, 2009
8:20 pm

use the computer. Did you had to do alot of begging ? Hah Jerk !!!!!!!! IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG & THE HELL WITH MAGGOT’S !!!!!!!!!

Upstate Jacket

July 19th, 2009
8:26 pm

I wish Tech could have landed him but I doubt we were really ever in the picture. I wish Garrison the best except for game day. Great pickup for the Dawgs… sounds like a good kid.

militarydawginDC

July 19th, 2009
8:30 pm

welcome aboard Garrison! I’m so glad you chose UGA, but more glad you Chose Jesus! I hope you can bring us a NC…

Hey Maggots...You would think that you....

July 19th, 2009
8:32 pm

have won more that just 1 game in 8 yrs to come in here,talk trash & make yourselves look like the IDIOTS YOU ARE ????……Am i correct ?? IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG & THE HELL WITH THE (((((((((((( JOKE BY COKE )))))))))) !!!!!!!

GTDog

July 19th, 2009
8:33 pm

Uhm….Gatorbait. I do believe that Mr. Smith DID indded have an offer from UF. I also seem to recall a June quote from a certain Coach Strong (familiar?) that Garrison Smith was the Gator’s TOP target at DT this year?

By the way, speaking of Top3 SEC East finishes…exactly WHEN was the last time that UF won the SEC East 2 years in a row? Would that have been in the 1990’s? Maybe early 2000’s, but I believe it was 1990’s. Please confirm that one for me…baby girl….lmao

Red and Black Attack

July 19th, 2009
8:35 pm

Yes Sir!! Welcome aboard big Dawg! Let the big dawg eat!!! Way to represent your state well Garrison!!

ReptilesRule

July 19th, 2009
8:38 pm

WOW that IS breaking news! BTW, I heard that Michael Jockson passed away. Can anyone confirm that as well??

GTDog

July 19th, 2009
8:38 pm

Actually Gator-tur-baiter, the last time UF won the SEC EAST back to back was 1996, 12 years ago, about the time you passed the GED. So….what is the meaning of the comment about UGA being in the Top 3 every year? I don’t understand?

ReptilesRule

July 19th, 2009
8:39 pm

Get it??? Michael Jockson. I didn’t think so…

I-DOG

July 19th, 2009
8:39 pm

A 1280 SAT according to Scout.com… Great pickup by UGA, when you consider Smith, Jones, and Tyson at the DT spot the last three classes…. I think we need to get Maurice Hayes signed from Juco this year. Not sure that Smith will be ready his freshman year at his size, but hopefully will be a force for years to come.

Swamper

July 19th, 2009
8:43 pm

Better get that “Recruiting” Trophy ready!! It’ll look good right next to last years “Pre-Season” National Championship Trophy!

BruffDawg

July 19th, 2009
8:44 pm

SEC is too tough to win two years in a row now (even Vandy is in a bowl). FLA will lose to somone and probably lose the tiebreaker (hopefully both to the DAWGS).

Dawg Tired

July 19th, 2009
8:45 pm

To Jim morrison – Wow! I admire your command of the English language! Are you a Tech graduate? Impressive!