Telvin Smith won’t be visiting UGA this weekend

First things first. Telvin Smith will not be visiting Georgia this weekend as has been widely reported by various recruiting services. But he said Bulldogs’ fans shouldn’t read anything into that.

“Nah,” said Smith, a three-star linebacker from Valdosta’s Lowndes County High School. “I’m playing basketball so I’m not going to be able to make it this weekend. I’m going to have to make it another weekend. [But Georgia coaches] were understanding. They’d been saying they wanted to do it at a later date so I think this is what they wanted.”

What the Bulldogs really want is a commitment from Smith, and they’ve been coming hard after him lately. The problem is the 6-foot-4, 200-pound outside linebacker, who also plays center on the Vikings’ basketball team, is already committed to Florida State. But that’s gone from being what’s called a “solid verbal” to a “soft commit.” And in Smith’s case, it sounds cottony soft.

“I’m am committed to Florida State and everything,” he told me, “but I just feel like maybe Georgia or Florida will have something a little bit more to offer me. That’s all. I’m just going to see what happens with everything.”

Not surprisingly, what happened is a pretty intense recruiting battle developed between Georgia, which visited him on Wednesday, and FSU, which dropped in on him Thursday, and Florida, which had him in Gainesville when the Gators stomped the Seminoles on Dec. 1.

One thing that has not dissuaded Smith from any of these schools is the lack of a defensive coordinator. Oddly enough, none of his final choices currently has one.

“All the schools I’m looking at are going through that so that’s really not an issue,” Smith said. But he did say he would likely wait to see what coach each school hires before making a choice.

Contrary to popular belief, Smith’s wavering on the Seminoles did not have much to do with coach Bobby Bowden’s controversial retirement.

“I’ve always talked to Coach Jimbo [Fisher] since Day One so I always felt like he was the guy,” Smith said. “I never really talked to Coach Bowden. The coaching thing has not really had an affect on me.”

So what will ultimately decide it for this athletic prospect.

“They’re all telling me basically the same thing, that I can come in and play early but I’ll have to play hard and compete,” Smith said. “Right now everybody says kind of the same thing. I’m just trying to get around to see all the facilities and talk to the coaching staffs a little bit more.”

Smith has not taken any official visits to date. So his plan it to do that at all three schools before making up his mind.

Asked to share a little bit of insight about himself, Smith laughed. “I’m just an ordinary guy trying to make it with football,” he said. “If I don’t make it in football I’m going to finish my education and try to be a coach and teacher. We’ll see where it goes from there.”

49 comments Add your comment


December 10th, 2009
2:17 pm

Good Luck wherever you end up!


December 10th, 2009
2:29 pm

With all the stuff going on with UT right now, it has been rumored that JaWuan James might visit Athens this weekend. Any word on that?

Johnny DangerDawg

December 10th, 2009
2:39 pm

All three of his top schools will probably hire high-quality DC’s. But I think Smith’s wise to want to wait and see who the new coaches will be.

Gator Bob

December 10th, 2009
2:42 pm

I would go to Florida

FSU has been sliding – despite exceptional recruiting classes. Jimbo Fisher will be gone in 3 to 5 years. Replacing Bowden will be tough. Fischer – Ron Zook.

UGA the same – Richt does NOT run a tight ship – the program is not buttoned up at all. It starts at the top – Van Gorder left – the program has slid. Program is and will be midlevel SEC. Richt will be gone in 2012.

Gators – strong up top – solid staff – very strategic and tactical. Excellent young talent. Come be a Gator- and be a part of the national elite and relevant. We play for titles – the others play in hopes of catching us.

Go Gators

Herschel Talker

December 10th, 2009
2:46 pm

Sadly, Gator Bob is right about Richt and the Dawgs. Just ask Rex Robinson.

Gator Bob

December 10th, 2009
2:54 pm

I realize my last post was stupid and totally irrelevant. I also realize that I call one program midlevel when their DC (Van Gorder). But then I go on to say another program has a “solid staff” even though their DC just left also. I understand that the comparison is ridiculous. I am sorry for being so stupid, I went to Florida.

Gator Bob

December 10th, 2009
2:58 pm

Man, I am so dumb.

Gator Bob

December 10th, 2009
2:59 pm

Why do I post such inane comments and blindly follow the Gators even though I’ve never stepped foot on the university?


December 10th, 2009
3:04 pm

Heard Alec Ogletree is taking a visit “just to see” what Tennessee looks like.Any truth to that?


December 10th, 2009
3:08 pm

Gator Bob:

You do that because you are an idiot.


December 10th, 2009
3:25 pm

Hey Chip, Any chance you could provide any insight (if you have any) into the DC positions?

Musgrave is now stuck behind Mack Brown because Brown just got an extension and Smart may be available sooner rather than later.

Top CB recruit LaMarcus Joyner who was said to be intrigued by UGA (after attending the UGA-AUB game), signed on with FSU as well as top LB recruit Jeff Luc. Whats going on in Tallahassee thats got these top players running to commit?

Also heard the James kid from UT is now out there and is considering UGA…again.

Any updates?

German Shepherd Dawg

December 10th, 2009
3:27 pm

Don’t pick on Gator Bob – he’s about to have some tough times. Last year Meyer lost Dan Mullen and this year Charlie Strong.

Let’s get a top notch DC (like Kerby Smart) and play Junkyard defense and win our own national championship. Sorry Bama fans, but your “job” isn’t far superior – if KS wants head coach in the future, he’ll have to come out from under Saban’s wing sooner or later. Might as well be on a high note with the NC this year. I think he’ll come here if we offer him after the season, but I freely admit it’s my opinion and only worth what it takes to read it because I have no inside scoop.

Recruiting Expert

December 10th, 2009
3:27 pm

If you have a problem with all of the recruiting services and what they report, you should quit quoting them in your articles.

NY Times knows all

December 10th, 2009
3:29 pm

NY Times’ article said that all UT recruits will be free to re-committ if UT is found guilty of infractions.

If THEY print it, we know that it is accurate. Sort of like the AJC,etc. Right?

goooooooooooooooo Dogs. Woof, woof, woof.

Pup Fan

December 10th, 2009
3:34 pm

Gator Bob:


Nuf said.

Chip Towers

December 10th, 2009
3:41 pm

Recruiting expert: Don’t have a problem with them at all. They are what they are. Which one do you work for? . . .

Dawggie: I can’t provide any insight on Georgia’s DC situation because there is none to be had. I’m not the beat guy but the fact is that it’s a one-man search (CMR) means anything you hear right now is rumor and speculation. FWIW, I think it’s reasonable that the Dogs would pursue Kirby Smart but it’ll be a real challenge to get him to make that move. After that Dick Bumpas at TCU or Ellis Johnson at South Carolina seem like attractive and realistic candidates. But just as likely it will be somebody none of us have thought of. And it’s Will Muschamp, not “Musgrave,” and there’s not a snowball’s chance in Valdosta that he’d come. But with Mack Brown’s contract extension thru 2016, the coach-in-waiting’s wait just got a whole lot longer!

Ronnie GarDner: Nothing at all to Alec Ogletree and Tennessee. Never has been. . . .

NewnanDawg: I, too, have heard the rumors regarding JaWuan James, but he ain’t talkin’ and I don’t think there’s anything to them anywat. But if he is gonna re-think his decision, don’t forget that Alabama’s Smart just came through here!


December 10th, 2009
4:12 pm

If u look at the UT hostess that is being investigated, can’t remember her name now. Anyway, Alec Ogletree is a friend of hers on facebook.


December 10th, 2009
4:12 pm

GO VOLS!!!!!! 45-19

Vinings Dawg

December 10th, 2009
4:22 pm

Also no Goodwin this weekend!! He has recommitted to Auburn.

Dick Bumpas does not even call the defense at TCU. He is not a great candidate.

Nick Saban

December 10th, 2009
4:28 pm

Hey Kid how many $ has Tenn offered you….we can top that!


December 10th, 2009
4:46 pm

gay bob,this is not a crybaby gator blog

Recruiting Expert

December 10th, 2009
4:50 pm


I can honestly say I don’t work for them, but I subscribe to the two main recruiting services.

And my point is that when you introduce players as ‘five stars’ and quote articles from premium sites it is unfair to turn around and start your article off saying they’re wrong if you have some information that differs from theirs.


December 10th, 2009
4:52 pm

Chip, Snowed in Valdosta in 86′. Always a chance of anything.

Telvin, go with your gut feeling. You are a standout and will carry the Viking spirit with you wherever you go. BTW, the licks you laid on the guys at the Warner Robins game were as hard as I have ever seen. We enjoyed watching you, especially the last two years roam the palace.

I suggest Bob Sanders, (Not the Colts DB), Mark Stoops, (As ESPN reported) and possibly the head coach at Delta State in Mississippi, Ron Roberts. All would be great candidates.


December 10th, 2009
5:16 pm

Gator Bob, how are those 28 arrests over the last two years playing into that “tight ship” you are talking about? Many of those are felony arrests, not scooter incidents.

Al was born a DAWG

December 10th, 2009
5:21 pm

Serious candiates not yet mentioned:

Ray Priore – Penn
Bob Shoop – William and Mary
Doug Madoski – Scottsdale Community College
Jeff Hammerschmidt – Montana
Tim Burke – Montreal Alouettes

We already know him:

Jerry Glanville


December 10th, 2009
6:13 pm

Nah? Learn to speak like a college athlete.

Bremen Dawg

December 10th, 2009
6:27 pm

Jimmy Johnson did it best, he didn’t go after these high recruits.

mike UF

December 10th, 2009
6:32 pm

Uga fans, you guys again are the best trash talkers in the SEC, here is our trophy case where all our National Championships in football are along with those SEC Championships are.

you can just talk to it and hope that you could do what Alabama did and that was have a great football team with a great head football coach who actually coached a game to beat us.

You guys looked great in black helmets.

good luck to Bama in the championship game

i honestly find Uga pathetic having to live through other teams to beat UF

Joe Coxs' shadow

December 10th, 2009
7:05 pm

Gator Bob…We laugh at you……Go Dawgs…..You Suck gator Bob

Furman Bisher

December 10th, 2009
7:25 pm

Hey Mike UF…did you build your trophy case in 1992? In college football, history and tradition win. Uf has only had a program for under 20 years, and will revert to nothingness again shortly. Enjoy your time now. It will not last.


December 10th, 2009
7:46 pm

Furman Bisher: We OWN Georgia! 41-17 sound familiar? How about 17-3 since 1990? If you’re going to call it a rivalry you need to win more than 15% of the games! You nadlickers are so delusional it’s not even funny. Every year you talk $hit and then you get your a$$ handed to you. If 49-10 in 2008 wasn’t enough you came back for more this year… 41-17, which was an improvement… NOT! Gators eat Dawg meat every year. Dawgs = Gator Bait!


December 10th, 2009
7:52 pm

You dumb mutts can take your shots at your ACC little brother all you want – who cares! Butt lickers are all over the blogs bragging about their win over GTech – again, who cares? You brag about beating GTech and then tell the GTech fans that their team and conference suck. In other words, your bragging about a win that you yourselves discount! Then you try to take shots at a real football program that OWNS you! You can play in the ACC sandbox and puff up your chest all you want, but we OWN you! You won’t be going to the SECCG any time soon, with or without TT. Like I said, we OWN Georgey and your pitiful pups. Dawgs = Gator Bait!

How Tough is the SEC?

December 10th, 2009
8:44 pm

Tim Tebow Tough.

46 Wins

December 10th, 2009
9:00 pm

46 W – 39 L – 2 T. Awww! Maybe you gaytors will catch up one day.

GT Fan...

December 10th, 2009
10:27 pm

“but I just feel like maybe Georgia or Florida will have something a little bit more to offer me. That’s all. I’m just going to see what happens with everything.”

Is he saying there’s more than a scholarship to be offered, i.e. $, jobs for family, etc.???

ALL 3 are very good programs, and I’ve heard that JF is starting to reel in some pretty damn good recruits for the Noles over the past week.

One final note to the many GA fans that balked at PJ offering Stephen Hill after he committed to UCF … this kid IS committed to FSU, and as the article says….What the Bulldogs really want is a commitment from Smith, and they’ve been coming hard after him lately.


December 10th, 2009
11:56 pm

NY Times knows all

December 10th, 2009
3:29 pm

“NY Times’ article said that all UT recruits will be free to re-committ if UT is found guilty of infractions.”

Um, Dude: Any and all commits, to any school, are free to change their mind. It’s only after they are signed that they are tied to a school.

Friday morning buffet « Get The Picture

December 11th, 2009
7:34 am

[...] at least Florida doesn’t have one recruiting advantage over Georgia right [...]

The Overranked Bowl!

December 11th, 2009
3:25 pm

The Orange Bowl aka The Overranked Bowl pits the two most overranked and overrated teams in America against each other! Overranked Georgia Tech vs overranked Iowa!


December 11th, 2009
9:33 pm

I’d rather lose with class than cry on National TV …over a FOOTBALL game!!!!!!!!!


December 11th, 2009
9:38 pm

Opinions are like a$$holes. Everyone has one and they all stink!

Pago Flyer

December 11th, 2009
11:48 pm

Yes, let’s all wish this kid good luck….why…so he’ll come back and beat the DAWGS someday?!


December 12th, 2009
9:53 pm

GatorBob is retarded. Florida will suck this coming year. I LOVE IT!!!


December 12th, 2009
9:54 pm

Sorry UF fans…But Saban is a better coach then Urban Meyer. Yeah, you will say UF has two NC under him but Saban is smarter and will surpass him which is bad for all SEC teams. Now that Tebow is gone and UF lost their OC last year, now we will see if Meyer can really coach or not.


December 12th, 2009
10:03 pm

Enter your comments here


December 12th, 2009
11:08 pm

Tebow is a player who plays with alot of passion for the game. He knows what it takes to win. U have to understand he has made history as a SEC QB doubt u will ever have another like him. Sometimes players get emotional after tough loses especially if it is your last year playing. Didn’t know that if u cried after a loss u had no class. No class is someboby who punches another player on the opposing team after the game.


December 12th, 2009
11:19 pm

Florida will be back in the Sec Championship so don’t worry gator fans. Meyer is a good coach with a tough mentality he will have FL ready for 2010. Better have your chinstraps buckled tight Cinn cause its GATOR BAIT time.


December 12th, 2009
11:29 pm

Saban has been around longer than Meyer but remember the players play the game. Lets just wait and see where the teams are at the end of the season next year u might just be surprised.

Urbane Myer

December 14th, 2009
9:38 am

Georgia fans wanting to talk about Alabama. You’re the only team that lives vicariously through any school that beats the gators (and Tech), how pathetic 3 – 17, WHAT A PROGRAM! LMAO.

Coach Smith

December 15th, 2009
3:28 pm

Urbane Myer

looks like you are another jack@zz that thinks football record-keeping began in 1990 when Spurrier got to Florida

Unreal…as long as you are picking arbitrary dates why don’t you go back an include the 1980’s? oh that’s right because if you did that record wouldn’t look too good