After one of Georgia’s top defensive backs committed to Auburn on Tuesday, his next goal was to lure another one to the reigning BCS champions.
Creekside’s Josh Holsey picked up an Auburn hat over UGA, LSU and Virginia Tech on Tuesday and we have it all on video here.
One of Holsey’s buddies is St. Pius cornerback Geno Smith, who is a candidate to be the state’s No. 1 overall prospect. ”I’m going to call Geno today,” Holsey said. “I’m going to see if we can get this recruiting class down so I can go off to college at Auburn and have the best team in the country.”
Geno Smith, who is among the state’s leaders in scholarship offers with nearly 40, confirmed to the AJC that his five leaders (in no order) are:
Smith said those five are his “leaders and not my five finalists.” He plans to focus on the five over the summer and visit them, including his first-ever trips to Notre Dame and Texas. Smith has offers from both Georgia and Georgia Tech, and said the Bulldogs are No. 6. Smith said he has no leaders among his five. “Everybody is even.”
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Smith attends St. Pius, a private Catholic school in Atlanta. Smith was asked if there was a Catholic connection that may favor Notre Dame. “No, actually I’m Baptist,” Smith said with a laugh. “I like the coaches from Notre Dame; they have a great football program with a lots of history.”
What about Texas? How did they get in so good with Smith? “Another outstanding team,” Smith said. He is being recruited by Texas Longhorns assistant Stacy Searels, who was hired away from UGA last January. “He knew about me when he was at Georgia,” Smith said.
Smith has no timetable on when he will make his college decision.
ROLL CALLl! Georgia projects to have 185-190 high school players sign football scholarships with FBS schools (formerly NCAA Div. I-A). Here’s an updated list of 2012 commitments, courtesy of UGASports/Rivals reporter Kipp Adams:
Alabama (6): Dillon Lee, LB, Buford; Adam Griffin, K, Calhoun; Brandon Greene, OL, Cedar Grove; Kenyan Drake, ATH, Hillgrove; Dakota Ball, DT, Pepperell; Justin Taylor, RB, Westlake.
Auburn (1): Josh Holsey, DB, Creekside.
Florida (3): Quinteze Williams, DL, Sandy Creek; Mike Davis, RB, Stephenson; Jafar Mann, DL, Stephenson.
Florida State (1): Markuss Eligwe, LB, Stone Mountain.
Georgia (3): Ty Smith, TE, Colquitt County; Leonard Floyd, OLB, Dodge County; CJ Curry, WR, North Hall.
Georgia Tech (2): Chase Roberts, OL, GAC; Junior Gnonkonde, OLB-DE, Lanier County.
Louisville (1): Larry Jefferson, TE, Banneker.
Maryland (1): Nick Brigham, OL, Marist.
Miami (2): Johntavious Carter, WR, Crisp County; Ralphael Kirby, LB, Stephenson.
NC State (1): Niles Clark, DB, Lassiter.
South Carolina (2): Carlos Hood, DT, Stephenson; TJ Holloman, LB, St. Pius.
South Florida (2): Josh Parris, TE, Stephenson; DJ White, DB, Union Grove.
Tennessee (1): Imani Cross, RB, North Hall.
Vanderbilt (5): LaDarius Banks, DE, East Paulding; Stephen Weatherly, LB, North Atlanta; Tre Griffin, DE, North Cobb; Darreon Herring, LB, Stephenson; Jacob Sealand, LB, Tucker.
Virginia Tech (1): Davion Tookes, DB, Creekside.
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