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.”