Garrison Smith undeterred by ‘accidental’ video release

Clearly Garrison Smith had planned for this moment for a long time and he was going to stick to that plan no matter what.

One of the nation’s best defensive linemen according to all the recruiting sites, Smith sat at the front of a crowded back room at Shout restaurant at Colony Square Sunday night. He methodically went through a rehearsed routine of removing t-shirts from Georgia Tech and Florida before revealing his ultimate choice with a red shirt underneath it all, the University of Georgia.

Trouble is, everybody in the room — and apparently everybody in cyberspace — already knew what the Douglass High football star was going to say. And that was well before Douglass coach Kenny Barrow let it slip during his introductory remarks (”The University of Georgia is getting a good one . . .”).

Garrison Smith and me after the not-so-surprising announcement Sunday night at Shout restaurant in Midtown. He's a big dude (6-foot-3, 255-pounds).

Garrison Smith and me after the not-so-surprising announcement Sunday night at Shout restaurant in Midtown. (From my I-phone)

That’s because Rivals.com on Friday “accidentally” released a video it made of Smith putting on a Georgia cap and telling the world he was committing to the Bulldogs. Apparently it’s common practice for those guys to make videos of prospects committing to multiple schools ahead of time with the agreement they won’t be seen until said prospect makes the actual decision. They make multiple videos just in case a fickle recruit changes his mind, which happens from time to time. In Smith’s case he also made a video committing to the University of Florida. Could you imagine the firestorm if that one had gotten out?

I spoke to an employee of ugasports.com, the Rivals group that covers the Bulldogs, and he told me it was a server error that resulted in the video being posted early. Apparently it reset or something, which changed the date and time the video was supposed to go up and posted it immediately. Talk about a glitch!

In any case, Smith insisted he wasn’t upset. He went about his routine Sunday night just like he had planned for weeks.

“Nah, no reason to get mad,” Smith told me after the ceremony. “It didn’t change anything. They didn’t mean to do it, at least that’s what they said.”

As for the video that leaked, “I made it a long time ago,” Smith said. “I don’t remember exactly when. We made them for both Georgia and Florida. A mistake happened and they released it. But it didn’t hurt my spirits. I was still going to have fun with the whole thing.”

I’d show you a copy of the video that leaked but, as you can imagine, it has been removed from YouTube and is not otherwise available as far as I can tell. As always you can probably go to ugasports.com and see for yourself. It is, of course, a paysite.

I hung out with Smith and his family and friends for a good long while at the swank Midtown eatery Sunday night. I procured a little news and all kinds of cool information and will share it with you in new blog posts throughout the day and the week. So be sure to check back.

In the meantime let me know if you saw the “accidentally released” video and tell me what you think about the practice of making videos committing to multiple schools. I’ll respond to your questions and comments throughout the day.

109 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

July 20th, 2009
9:12 am

45-42!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

TommyP

July 20th, 2009
9:21 am

Not a big deal at all. This is a big thing to these kids and I think they should have fun with it.

In all honesty, it’s the last time they’ll enjoy this kind of exposure until they do something on the college stage.

W.E.

July 20th, 2009
9:23 am

That makes 5 that have chosen UGA over UF so far this year. I know, do it on the field. I agree, but if this keeps happening, it will.

PMC

July 20th, 2009
9:24 am

maybe they could release the lebron dunk footage too. In any case congrats to Garrison Smith for earning a scholarship.

Dawg 03

July 20th, 2009
9:31 am

Saint Simons>>>>YOU>>>>ARE>>>A>>>TOOL!!!
You have beaten us once in your lifetime and you are still going on about it? The calendar shows we are getting ever closer to restoring GT to their rightful place in this state. Get a life.

Saint Simons

July 20th, 2009
9:38 am

I’m sorry Dawg 03…my mommy woke me up a little early this morning I am still grumpy.

I should know that UGA owns us and that this was our first win in 8 tries.

Clearly UGA is the class of the state and I am sorry to DAWG nation.

SomewhereinGA

July 20th, 2009
9:38 am

Somehow I bet we still will hear “45-42″ for years to come, even when we whip their asses seven more times in a row….those idiot nerds just can’t handle winning any better than they can losing.

It is my hope we don’t act like that when we take care of UF this year.

For What It's Worth

July 20th, 2009
9:50 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAT

The top of the scale SAT score is no longer 1600. It is now 2400.

According to the SAT board stats, young Mr. Smith’s SAT score of 1280 ranks him in the bottom 15%-17% range of all scores.

I wonder who is more proud: his high-school footbal coach or his high-school principal?

Bravedawg

July 20th, 2009
9:51 am

Guys…seriously…just ignore “Saint Simons.” He does this on every blog, and every time someone jumps on him telling him how stupid he is. Just leave it alone. He’ll go away. Didn’t you learn anything in elementary school? He’s the annoying kid that no one likes. If you ignore him long enough, he’ll move on to something else.

Villa Rica DAWG

July 20th, 2009
9:51 am

Speak for yourself SomewhereinGA… I plan on rubbing everyone Tech fans nose I can find into every win from this point forward. No more “do unto others” treatment out of me. I have tried to be mindful of how it would feel to be on the receiving end of an obnoxious celebration after the Dawgs had just suffered defeat. However, in my experiences this year, Tech fans are far worse than Florida fans have ever been.

Like I said, the gloves are off now. I plan on making it my mission in life to make Tech fans misserable whenever possible from this point forward. I can’t wait we whip their asses again… I hope they do continue to hang on to the whole “45-42″ thing. It’s actually quite pityful…

November 28th! Happy Thanksgiving NERDS!!! hahahahahahaahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LTG (love the game)

July 20th, 2009
9:52 am

It will be interesting to see how exhuberant Saint Simons is after November.

ATL Dawg

July 20th, 2009
9:53 am

No big deal with Rivals making a mistake. Garrison welcome to the Dawg nation. Rivals does a great job covering UGA football – the greatest source for the AJC sports department. Here is an idea – how about the AJC reporting something that is new or unique instead of reading Rivals reports and then reporting them on the AJC website. Again, welocme Mr. Smith and GO DAWGS!!

Les W. Moore

July 20th, 2009
9:54 am

This kid will be an NFL first rounder… no doubt. But his years at UGA will be unfulfilled like all the NFL first rounders before him.

mdawg

July 20th, 2009
9:55 am

Great to have you back Chip. Hope this will be a regular thing!

TampaGator

July 20th, 2009
9:57 am

W.E…almost every one of the 15 big time recruits that have committed to Florida this year had Georgia offers. Does that mean that Florida has beaten Georgia out for each one of those recruits. Don’t be silly, dude. Almost every big time recruit has a qualifying offer from Meyer and the University of Florida. It is not a win over another school type of thing with most of these kids. Like Garrison, he had been a bulldog for a long time. Now, as I said on another blog, if Richt beats Meyer for the RB, Brown, then that would be a “win” over the Gators beacause Meyer is personally involved in his recruitment. You win over another school on the final day of recruiting in February…like the Vol coach when he stole the WR from Florida on the last day. That is also a win. Otherwise, most of these kids who have already committed were going to Florida or Georgia from the beginning. Not a win over another school.

Tech sucks

July 20th, 2009
9:59 am

UGA is absolutely killing recruiting this year.

Native Atlantan

July 20th, 2009
10:02 am

For What It’s Worth, I don’t know who you are a fan of, but it could easily be one of the many teams who offered Smith. Of the 100+ Division IA colleges in the country, I’m pretty sure 100+ would have taken Smith’s commitment and would be very excited to have him.

dap01

July 20th, 2009
10:04 am

Impressive recruiting class so far. We have gotten several from Florida and other great schools. Go Dawgs!

TampaGator

July 20th, 2009
10:08 am

Why do these recruiting sites post these kids SAT scores? That should not be done. That information should only be availiable to the recruit, the school he intends to attend, and his family. It should not be a public record for us to talk about on public blogs. And what do formal assessments tell you about a kid’s willingness to work hard and improve anyway, both academically and socially? He might not be good at math, but he might be a great writer or painter. Or chief. I am certain he is smart enough and has enough character to get through the University of Georgia. Now, if he was trying to get into Harvard Law School…..

Stinger

July 20th, 2009
10:12 am

Doesn’t matter how many 4 or 5 star players UGA recruits. They will all be coached down to 1 or 2 stars. Always under acheivers.

Villa Rica DAWG

July 20th, 2009
10:14 am

HAHA!

“He might not be good at math, but he might be a great writer or painter. Or chief.” ~ TampaGator

Floyd

July 20th, 2009
10:20 am

Great to have you back on the college football beat, Chip. Keep up the good work.

CPJ Fan

July 20th, 2009
10:21 am

“UGA is absolutely killing recruiting this year.”

UGA kills it every year and still hasn’t won the big one since 1980! Good luck with that. Good get with this guy though.

PS: Please beat UF

sswinfordawg

July 20th, 2009
10:21 am

Tampa gator – It looks like Meyer is going to lose on Brown. This is not just wishful thinking. The kid lives half an hour from athens. He already said that he wants to play with one of his best friends Ken Malcome (Georgia Commit). Also claims that they will be the best 1-2 punch in college football but we will have to see. When Malcome committed to UGA Brown admitted he almost made his recruiting decision but decided to wait a little longer. Lastly, Malcome has hinted in an interview that “another RB” will be signing this year with him, implying Brown will sign with UGA. Oh, one more thing. Brown has said time and time again that he wants to play in a pro style offense too. Anyways, he is supposed to make his decision at the beginning of August. We will just have to see what happens.

GT Alum

July 20th, 2009
10:24 am

Don’t worry about people the likes of Saint Simons. Every school has those. Just remember the rivalry is more revived and Tech fans are just happy we don’t have to start a season assuming a loss in November anymore. Good luck in your college career Smith. I wish you were headed to Tech, but at least you aren’t headed out of state.

FL DAWG

July 20th, 2009
10:36 am

I agree with Tampa Gator (the day is getting worse) on one point and almost two. 1) They should not make public the kids SAT scores or grades. Pretty classless on the legislature etc. not to pass a law saying this in not allowed and it is pretty classless on any reporter writing about someones grades or SAT scores specifically. Especially when they are still minors and have not completed High School. 2) UF has beaten UGA out for everyone of its commits, just as UGA has beaten UF out of all of its commits. There are times when you have really big steals, and last minute changes. It would have been a coup if Tebow had gone to Bama. I digress. All in all, when the visits are done, a player has a choice, and he makes it, either UGA or UF or any other school of their choice.

Jaded Jacket

July 20th, 2009
10:37 am

I was unaware that GT was seriously recruiting this guy.

RxDawg

July 20th, 2009
10:43 am

Good to have you back Chip. Are you going to be writing the beat blog again this year?

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warhorse

July 20th, 2009
11:17 am

His punk stunt pretty much doomed his career. The last guy who did the shirt routine was Marcus Stroud who had a sterling record of 0-4 against the Gators.

Welcome to an 0 for your career Mr. Wiseguy with the t–shirt ripoff. Poodle fans better hope they can beat the Gators this year because Mr. Smith is looking at a career of losing efforts in Jax.

tenn.DAWG

July 20th, 2009
11:18 am

This proves they should not do these interviews in advance,ruins the spontaneity on top of everything else.Chip where the heck ya been,you have some splaining to do.

TampaGator

July 20th, 2009
11:21 am

sswimfordawg, you might be right about Brown. I think he is leaning towards Georgia myself because the Gators have seemed to step up their recruiting for some other nationally known RBs recently, including a kid out of California. But Brown loved the Gators offense, his visit to Gainesville, and how he would fit into the role in the Gators offense. He might also do well at Georgia, but his skill sets are frankly more suited for the Gators style of offense than a pro style of offense that Georgia runs. Georgia is also a lot deeper on the depth chart at RB than Florida. Florida currently only has 2 solid type RBs in Moody and Rainey now that Demps has moved to Harvin’s position. But that said, I think his loyalty will be to his friend and to staying in Georgia. But Florida will still land one or two big time RBs in this class even if Brown isn’t one of them.

Gator Rob

July 20th, 2009
11:32 am

This guy was never seriously considering UF and he wasn’t on their radar either. Probably the same with GT. The T-shirt thing was a big dog and pony show. That’s really cheesy, what a douche.
UF already has several commits from guys who were offered by UGA. UF just doesn’t feel the need to do PR stunts.
And UF might lose out on Mack Brown because Richt is telling this kid, among others, that Meyer is going to Notre Dame. Negative recruiting is one thing, but lying and spreading false rumors is another.
Keep it classy Georgia.

mcdawg

July 20th, 2009
11:33 am

MACK BROWN come on down and be the next Georgia Bulldawg

Native Atlantan

July 20th, 2009
11:34 am

Warhorse, don’t think you’re totally accurate. Stroud’s team did beat UF in 1997 by 20. Marcus was a first round pick in the NFL draft leading to a pretty good career.

I think things worked out pretty well for him after his selection to go go UGA.

Real mature post there…you may want to be more like TampaGator who actually makes pretty good posts.

Tampa, I agree with you. UF, just like UGA, is going to get good players. Both schools are in talent rich states with all the resources to be successful. Both also have the capability to go outside the state and pull in big time players. I don’t see UF shaking when they miss out on someone because they can go find another player easily.

Gator Growl

July 20th, 2009
12:01 pm

Bottom line is that Florida and Georgia will end up with (at least) top 10 ranked (whatever that means)recruiting classes. Then it’s up to the Coaches coaching, the trainers training, and of course the players working hard and maintaining the right attitude. Regardless, I like our chances.

Native Atlantan

July 20th, 2009
12:03 pm

Gator Rob, why don’t you keep it classy? Man, that’s pretty hypocritical post. Calling someone a douche? Accussing the UGA staff of lying and negative recruiting? Got any proof?

Please take your own advice and keep it classy and respectful.

Jaded Jacket

July 20th, 2009
12:07 pm

If Meyer were to leave UF for Notre Dame, does anyone think Paul Johnson would leave GT for UF? The offesive schemes that GT and UF run are more similar than most folks realize.

Hairofthedawg

July 20th, 2009
12:27 pm

Everyone knows the Titanic is a unsinkable ship. Yet it lies on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. I think if you have kids doing multiple schools you are asking for a problem. Me, I would keep it to myself and announce with only my parents and possible hs coach knwing my decision in advance. On that note I will say looks like a great class shaping up and Smith is a huge land for the Dawgs. Now go Sic em.

Left to Right

July 20th, 2009
12:46 pm

Chip-

Is this article, which repeatedly puts “accidental” in quotation marks regarding the vidoe leak, a bit of payback for UGASPORTS accusing AJC reporters of plagarizing UGASPORTS articles?

Stories within stories.

Gator CHOMP Champ

July 20th, 2009
12:54 pm

Some people want to play in state and some people want to play for championships at FL. Good luck with that Smith and enjoy the annual loss to FLORIDA. It’s great to be a CHAMPION FLORIDA GATOR!

LAjacket

July 20th, 2009
1:01 pm

you dog fans are morons. Saint Simons is not a tech fan, he is a dog fan who posts the same thing on every blog to make tech fans look bad and to get mutt fans fired up.

vadawg

July 20th, 2009
1:09 pm

FOR WHAT ITS WORTH: 2400 is the highest possible score with all 3 subdivisions (math, critical reading, and the writing portion). It’s common knowledge to include only your math and critical reading sections, so this isn’t news. He didn’t get a 1280 out of 2400, he got a 1280 out of 1600, which is very impressive for a top-notch athlete.

UGA Nation

July 20th, 2009
1:14 pm

LAjacket your a left wing bed wetter that just happens to be a moron.

Christy Craig

July 20th, 2009
1:24 pm

Its great to be a GA BULLDOG and its great to get another fine player from the state of Georgia! Go Dawgs!

Gator in the Hootch

July 20th, 2009
1:26 pm

vadawg, good post. The kid is a good student and has quality character too. He should have a great career at Georgia.

GTOption

July 20th, 2009
1:27 pm

Don’t worry little mutts….there is NO WAY you can lose to GT again next year with all these world class recruits you have! ha ha ha ha ha Woof Woof

Copyright violation

July 20th, 2009
1:28 pm

That was an incredibly weak report Chip. Not a good way to start off your new career. Slamming the guys that have provided all of your content for the longest time will more than likely assure they never help you out in the future. Nice quote marks on “accident”. And he did not have the ceremony planned for a long time. He just decided to do it Friday night, or so he told me.

LAjacket

July 20th, 2009
1:29 pm

UGA nation your a right wing redneck retard who just happens to have sex with his own sister.

Sick of you too

July 20th, 2009
1:29 pm

UGANation and LA Jacket. Both of your posts are moronic in nature and without any value at all. Only post if you have something of value to write please.