Alabama is frontrunner for St. Pius cornerback Geno Smith (UPDATED)

St. Pius Geno Smth 1Cornerback 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.

281 comments Add your comment

dawgerbrown

April 12th, 2011
6:19 am

Be patient, and see how the season plays out. Love to see you in red and black supporting your in-state University. Think about staying close to home and still gettting a great college experience. Remember after football, you still have to make a living. Many corporations would love to have a successful, former UGA hardworking athlete represent them. And chances are, you’ll come back home, even after a pro career. Good luck no matter what.

German Shepherd Dawg

April 12th, 2011
6:27 am

Also remember, if you don’t put up numbers for Saban, you’ll do “something” against team rules and lose your scholarship after a year.

Destin Dawg

April 12th, 2011
6:40 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #3 large state University education.. plus big time sports ” in beautiful college town Athens, Ga… kids that stay in State.. close to friends and family.. do better in college and life after Football… Go Dawgs !!!

trupert

April 12th, 2011
6:46 am

Bad news for Bama, we all thought the first girl we kissed was all that until we noticed another.

Good points, G S D. Alabama’s oversigning practice is real and in full tilt and if Geno goes to bama and is a slow starter and turns out to be a player that needs a year to adjust he could go from a #1 prospect who has his pick of any school he wants one year to, to hearing hie second, third, and fourth favorite school say, sorry we are all full up on DB’s andbe relegated to JC the next.

Mark Richt honors a players scholarship for the duration, all you need do is practice hard be a good student and stay out of trouble. Marlon Brown may very well have a good year in 2011, good thing he didn’t pick bama or he would be headed to the wonderful land of fifth choice options.

Blackoutanyone?

April 12th, 2011
7:01 am

First four posts….. Lame. It’s early and I feel confident his ultimate decision will be based on UGA’s season. That being said its sad to read people beg kids on a message board. Please come to my school because nick Saban is mean and will kick u off the team. Lol geez. If you feel the need to beg at least say something like come to my school because we r getting ready to win championships and our program will best prepair u for life and a possible NFL career. Roll Tide

Special K

April 12th, 2011
7:07 am

Let the “Trashing of BAMA” begin. Great post Blackout! I thought this was a BAMA thread, who are these people posting? RTR!

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April 12th, 2011
7:31 am

Special K — You obviously are not very observant or perhaps just poor at reading comprehension. It is a ‘College Recruiting with Chip Towers’ blog, with Michael Carvell.

I think the factory whistle has blown by now and it is time for you to get back on the assembly line. Roll Turd!!!

NHGamecock

April 12th, 2011
7:33 am

Watch SS come into Ga and get a few kids like he do every year. GO Cocks.

blackoutanyone?

April 12th, 2011
7:35 am

. Was it really that hard to come up with a name? 7:37… hasn’t the school bus run yet?

Special K

April 12th, 2011
7:39 am

Actually in Banking. Best I can tell, the title of this article is Alabama is frontrunner…..

Special K

April 12th, 2011
7:40 am

Thank you Blackout fro your words of wisdom.

Special K

April 12th, 2011
7:40 am

Sorry that is for.

www.oversigning.com

April 12th, 2011
7:41 am

Also please take some time to read about what former players of Nick Saban have to say about their experiences at Alabama. Four former Saban players were recently quoted in “The Wall Street Journal”, that they were surprised to hear they were no longer capable of performing physically for Alabama and were being awarded medical scholarships, which ended their college football careers. Nick Saban will say ANYTHING to get the players he wants.

http://www.oversigning.com

Columbus Dawg

April 12th, 2011
7:45 am

Saban will have moved on before signing day 2012. We will see how “ready to win championships” Bama is. Cannot wait until 2012 in Tuscaloosa. You had better hope that scrawny boy you have at the QB position has put on some weight by then. He will be pulling turf out of his mouth frequently.

Bama fans have no room to talk about the cheating Opelika Tiggers. I could not have called it better, once Bama finally got off of MAJOR probation, and sent Shula packing, how the toothless ones began sporting their Bama hats again, and then you started seeing more and more Bama tags and bumper stickers on their rusty vehicles. Bama folks just could not stand the probation part, but were perfectly willing to do anything and everything to ensure a championship. That’s when they felt like they could again start trashing UGA. They have not got the good sense to know that they had to take advantage of UGA’s troubles to be able to advance their cause. Yeah, I’ll say it again you inbred ones, I cannot wait until 2012 in Tuscaloosa.

ILOVESPX

April 12th, 2011
7:51 am

GENO – UGA!

Timbo

April 12th, 2011
7:52 am

It’s funny how UGA fans hate Alabama, but Alabama fans are pretty much indifferent to UGA. Very telling indeed….

Timbo

April 12th, 2011
7:55 am

@ Columbus Dawg. You may be right about Saban. He may be gone in a year or two, and Alabama fans will be sad to see him go whereas UGA fans will be glad to see Richt go. Therein lies the difference.

bama

April 12th, 2011
8:00 am

Hmmm, go play for the best Coach in the Sec or lose the Liberty Bowl? P.s. If you are the best player, you will start at Bama. D. Milliner started as a true freshman for Saban last year.

Special K

April 12th, 2011
8:00 am

I have been hearing for the last 4-5 years that Saban is leaving. Keep predicting it and one day you will be correct. I personally have not posted anything on here about any team cheating. I think I would hold off on any predictions until we get to 2012. We are not even through 2011. RTR!

South Ga Dawg

April 12th, 2011
8:02 am

Commit to Bama! Only looking for true DAWGS in Athens!!!!!

Truthteller

April 12th, 2011
8:05 am

Not sure the AJC is correctly quoting Geno Smith. The quote attributed to him at other sites said “Geno Smith names Ala as one of his leaders”, which is different than “the” leader. Then again, it is the AJC where accuracy isn’t a legacy.

Blackoutanyone?

April 12th, 2011
8:10 am

Columbusdog…. It’s 8:00 am. The bar has closed go home and sleep it off.

Limbo…. The difference is Bama won 12 National Championships prior to the current coach and will win more after he his gone. How sad to spend ones time hoping a rivals coach leaves wouldn’t you agree?

tom

April 12th, 2011
8:10 am

Saban gets whoever he wants out of Georgia. It is getting frustrating seeing these kids leave the state. We need a great season. Not a good one, a great one.

Blackoutanyone?

April 12th, 2011
8:11 am

jimbo… Not limbo. Autocorrect

Blackoutanyone?

April 12th, 2011
8:13 am

Damn…. TIMBO

Columbus Dawg

April 12th, 2011
8:15 am

Yeah I know, Tide High and Mighty, blah, blah, blah, ect. Hey Timbo, It’s not true that most Dawg fans hate Bama, as a matter of fact, most Dawgs I know pull for ya’ll exept against the Dawgs. What we don’t care for is the running down of UGA by the Bama fans on these blogs, especially since Bama finally won one against Georgia’s injury riddled 2008 team, which by the way I had a feeling that a blackout was not the thing to do that year, only served to fire Bama up.

I for one think Richt is going to return to form this season, and having new blood on the OL is going to be the upside. Glenn knows that this is his chance to impress NFL, and Tide Roll will get his wish with Benedict getting on the field. Most that you see on these blogs trashing Richt truly believe that Richt is a liability, but I think he proves them wrong beginning this year. If the Dawgs would have had any D at all, they would have been in Atlanta last season. Things are looking up in Athens, some just do not want to believe it, and I believe that there are a lot of these folks that are on here trashing Coach Richt everyday because of the kind of man he is, and just plain do not want to see him turn it around. Every Dawg that I know personally is very proud to have a man like Richt at Georgia.

Special K

April 12th, 2011
8:15 am

Easy folks…..

DooleyRules

April 12th, 2011
8:17 am

He will follow the Catholic coach, he will be a VOL!

chilidawg

April 12th, 2011
8:22 am

Get on this, Richt & Company!

RomeDawg

April 12th, 2011
8:22 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Not Bama. I am still holding out hope he will be a DAWG!!!!

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April 12th, 2011
8:25 am

Obviously, Special K (aka Special Ed.) is blackout’s sock puppet….sad that you have to double post on different handles to get someone to agree with you….seriously guy, you are gonna get your Shop Foreman ticked off if you don’t get back on the line….you can’t have afford to lose another gig….the Trailer Park landlord has you on that weekly payment plan for reason……Roll Turd Roll!!

Columbus Dawg

April 12th, 2011
8:25 am

There were if I remember correctly, several Ga high schoolers that Saban was after this year, but even after our horrible season, signed with Coach Richt. No team in America claims more worthless off poll Natl. Titles than Bama, but hey who are we to dispute them? I just do not see how someone can say that Saban gets whoever he wants out of the State of Georgia, because it is just not the case.

By the way, if I were a Cock, I would wait till the sun rises and shines on your tail before I started to crow.

Brown Dog

April 12th, 2011
8:29 am

Truthteller: The quote from GS on one of the most reliable of Alabama pay sites was “my strong leader.” Way early, but most UA fans were pleasantly surprised by the level of his praise.

poopdawg

April 12th, 2011
8:31 am

Our coachs will find 25 men who want to be Dawgs ! GO DAWGS!

Football_365

April 12th, 2011
8:34 am

its a win win lose situation go to bama he has a good chance to get a ring. Go to uga he has a good chance to make millions in the nfl. Go to gtech he has a good chance to become a victim of an armed robbery and lose to a service academy in a bowl game.

Alphare

April 12th, 2011
8:35 am

Geno, be careful. If your best friend have ever walked on a football field, don’t tell it to UGA. They may offer him a scholarship.

Brown Dog

April 12th, 2011
8:37 am

Oversigning.com Guy: Allow me to suggest sister sites customized for your Buckeyes: overpaid.com and mycoachtellslies.com

Special K

April 12th, 2011
8:42 am

. Period or whatever that is. You’re missing it, totally! Keep trashing. I find it funny that’s all you can do. You need to lay off people that are disabled (Kinda sad). CDawg, I’m not sure how many NC’s we have but I think you and I can agree on one thing. It is more than UGA. Not flaming, just stating the facts.

trupert

April 12th, 2011
8:42 am

Boy those Alabama supporters sure are touchy about that oversigning problem at Alabama.

Yes, it would be in Alabamas best interest for nobody to notice or talk about the facts and there’s always the outside chance that the kid or his parents might read something involving the dirty practice of oversigning and decide against Alabama.

Alabama fans need to realise that Sabans dirty secret is out and more people are realising it every day.

Well said

April 12th, 2011
8:44 am

@Tom, if Saban gets who he wants from Georgia, what happened with Crowell, Mithcell and Drew who just singed with UGA in Feb.?? Sabam wanted them badly. Should I dare say he is slipping in recruiting.

Get real. College coaches do their best to sell their school to kids. Saban does well at it. Like a used car salesman.

Tideman

April 12th, 2011
8:44 am

Mark Richt is a super person and one you would want coaching your son. Just not in college. I hope Georgia has a good season and we get to play them in Atlanta. Good luck and lets see what happens in 2011. Roll Tide.

Well said

April 12th, 2011
8:46 am

Enter your comments here

Alphare

April 12th, 2011
8:47 am

Well said,

Crowell chose UGA because UGA doubled his scholarship (one under Crowell’s name, the other under Crowell’s friend’s name, you should know how that works).

Andy

April 12th, 2011
8:47 am

Why is it that every time Ala has a good player consider Ala they start the same old routine Saban is leaving, Saban kicks player off the team for no reason, Saban over signs. UGA signed more player in 2010 (26 vs 22) than Ala and Ala still had the #1 signing class in the nation according to Rivals. Eat your heart out LITTLE (6-7) DAWGIES. Its time for your annual pre season claim of National Championion. LMAO!

FBR

April 12th, 2011
8:47 am

AS USUAL, ALABAMA-FLORIDA-S.CAROLINA-AUBURN-AND UT CLEAN OUR STATE OF THE BEST PLAYERS—-DO WE HAVE ENOUGH TO SUPPLY THEM ALL?

Michael Carvell

April 12th, 2011
8:50 am

Yes, I was surprised that Geno made it clear that Alabama has been his leader for a few weeks, not just since this past weekend. It could all change, but Geno doesn’t seem to be the type of kid to “play fun and games” with recruiting like a few elites this past February (i.e. Ray Drew, etc.). Therefore, this is pretty big for Alabama and its chances for Geno. However, long way away from NSD ‘12. Lot to be played out, especially with Geno also making it clear that he doesn’t have any intentions on narrowing down his schools until closer to the summer.

Listen up

April 12th, 2011
8:51 am

Ga. Tech’s offense is keeping them from being a major player in recruiting. I have been told by several top players in the state , that they don’t want play in Tech’s offense.

Really Haters???

April 12th, 2011
8:57 am

The more you post the better we look! GO DAWGS!!!

Whiskey Clear

April 12th, 2011
8:58 am

I’m pretty sure that top prospects these days want to play for National Championship contenders. Not teams that haven’t won one in 31 years and just went 6-7. Sorry Georgia fans, you’re not as relevant as you think you are.

Really Haters???

April 12th, 2011
9:00 am

Wasn’t Crowell a strong lean to Bama at one time too? AJC never quits.