Cornerback Geno Smith, who is a candidate to be the state’s No. 1 prospect for 2012, created a buzz among Alabama football fans when he declared the Crimson Tide as his “leader” at a football camp last weekend.
No, it wasn’t a commitment or anything close to it. However, it did catch many by surprise because Smith has played it close to the vest with his true feelings about his college offers, which increased to 28 after Michigan was added on Monday night.
How much should Alabama, along with competing schools, read into Smith’s comments?
Maybe not too much after hearing Smith explain to Scout.com on Sunday about what led to his declaration: “I was at the VTO camp on Saturday. They were asking me about a leader, and I guess I felt like I could name one. I thought about it, and said it was Alabama. “
Less than 24 hours, Smith was a lot more confident — and revealing — with his Alabama announcement in an interview with the AJC.
“I really like a couple of their assistants, and I’ve have had some great conversations with [Nick Saban],” Smith said. “I feel like my relationship with Alabama has grown a lot stronger. I’ve been liking them [as my leading school] for the last couple of weeks, or maybe even a little longer than that. They push you hard and make you the best you can be.”
Now time for the disclaimers: Smith said he will wait until the summer to narrow down to 10-12 colleges.
Smith, a rising senior at St. Pius, has made appearances at Junior Days at Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Miami. He will travel to Florida State in a couple of weeks.
By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Bog.