Geno Smith says leaders are Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, Texas and Tennessee

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Geno Smith says his leaders are Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, Texas and Tennessee (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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:

  • Notre Dame
  • Alabama
  • Auburn
  • Texas
  • Tennessee

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.

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  • Sandy Creek WR JaQuay Williams will pick among Ohio State, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, and Tennessee on Saturday.
  • Robert Nkemdiche, who is a candidate to be the USA’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2013, on rumors that he’s a “secret commitment” to Alabama (go here for full story)
  • One of the state’s top “sleeper” prospects is Central Gwinnett defensive Francis Kallon (6-5, 245), who got quick offers from Arkansas, Duke and N.C. State after his spring film was released to scouts. Kallon is a native of London.
  • Basketball: NC State transfer Ryan Harrow, who played at Walton High School, said on Twitter that he will make his college decision on Thursday or Friday, so he could enroll in summer classes at his new school. The point guard is considering Kentucky, UGA, St. John’s, Louisville and Texas.

Florida-bound RB Mike Davis is one of 6 Stephenson HS player committed to D1 schools (AJC photo)

Florida-bound RB Mike Davis is one of 6 Stephenson HS players committed to D1 schools (AJC photo)

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.

Which out-of-state school do you think is having the best “Georgia invasion”? Please post your comments below. We enjoy the discussion. Please note: Any inappropriate remarks or personal attacks will NOT be tolerated.

125 comments Add your comment

Paul N Destin

May 25th, 2011
9:08 am

UGA will get back in the hunt for any of the guys headed to Auburn as well other schools. No player will head into that storm once it starts.

If I were still playing I would pick UCF

May 25th, 2011
9:10 am

Cause my coach is man enough to go for it on 4th and inches inside the 5 yardline during the 1st Qtr of a game.

Dirty Dawg

May 25th, 2011
9:10 am

Another day late, another top recruit short.

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david

May 25th, 2011
9:20 am

Auburn will add several more……..and everyone keeps predicting doom for AU….not gonna happen…

JB

May 25th, 2011
9:21 am

I’m on record for the last few Months on here that IF Richt falters this year and a change is made, Kirby Smart will be Georgia’s next coach. He won’t be the first call, but Georgia can’t afford to be turned down 2-3 times swinging for the fences. Richt has struggled the last couple of years, but there are 100 Div 1 programs out of 120 who would of liked to had our success the last 10 years, so therefore, A big big name will NOT take this job. It’ll be Kirby. I’m not endorsing it, that’s just my opinion.

Frank Thomas

May 25th, 2011
9:24 am

MIddle Tennessee State inked 11 Georgia players who got left off the above list and totals
Watch out the Blue Raiders are now the largest under grad university in Tenn and the team is on the rise……4 Bowls in 4 years and top 14 in academic preformance according to the NCAA

THE MAJOR

May 25th, 2011
9:25 am

Auburn will get their share. The real storm is east of Atlanta, there are storm clouds are brewing.

Frank Thomas

May 25th, 2011
9:25 am

Most Ga playyers inked by any one team on the list so while Mid level power wise they get the vote for most instate recruits

Joe Bob Thibodaux

May 25th, 2011
9:29 am

If you want to play and be the best, then pick a school in the SEC west.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/sports/122486354.html

JB

May 25th, 2011
9:34 am

The reality is that our foe’s are telling these kids that Georgia is in a flux, have been for 3 years and will likely have a new coach if they have another off year. Stick your head in the sand, or you think it’s not the case, but it is…..and it’s also true, and they ( our foes) are using it to sway THE VERY ELITE in this state. I hope we win 10 games. My football instincts tell me we will win 7, maybe 8. We will have a good class regardless. The University of Georgia can stand on it’s own, and there are too many great players in this state.

Blackoutanyone?

May 25th, 2011
9:40 am

Coffee County QB Will Gardner was just offered by Bama. Gardner said he grew up a Georgia Bulldog fan.

TXDawg

May 25th, 2011
9:48 am

I’m from Coffee County will is a good athlete, and very raw or should I say a project QB. Why take him when scholarships are limited and there are 4 D-1 QB in Georgia in 2013 (Brice Ramsey a UGA Lean).
The best QB in Georgia including 2012 class.

JB

May 25th, 2011
9:50 am

At the end of the day, these great high school players want to see the field….and early. If you are a QB, and Bama has 4 on campus and another committed, You look elsewhere. This is VERY important part of it.

A Different Jim

May 25th, 2011
9:53 am

If they are listing him at 5-11, then he is probably less than 5-10 so we really do not need another short DB.

RxDawg

May 25th, 2011
10:01 am

I think I’m just going to stop looking at recruiting news for about 3-4 months. Maybe then I’ll be able to pick out something good involving UGA.

UGA Insider

May 25th, 2011
10:02 am

Again, Smith is really not that big of a loss to UGA. As I said yesterday with Holsey, they are short and UGA is looking more for a 6-1, 6-2 guy. Coach Grantham is not too interested in 5-8 guys.

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

May 25th, 2011
10:03 am

Well boys – I think Alabama is about done picking off what we need form this State – and will let the wannabe’s fight over the left overs. There are a few more we may pull – if they are lucky.

I think UGA’s downfall started a few years ago – when the media rated the Dogs pre-season #1. Which was unfair to UGA as they were playing with a very very young O-Line. Then UGA decided to pull the BLACK JERSEY stunt against BAMA.

I believe the halftime score was 31-0!!!!

UGA struggled with two more beat downs – barely beating AUBURN and KENTUCKY despite being outplayed by these two teams .
- then a Joe Cox lead team goes 7-5 the next year regular season
– then 6-6 last year regular season with embarrassing losses to Colorado, a 5 loss SC team, an overtime loss to a 5 loss Florida team – and the UCF “COACH WITH NO BALLS – PLAYING NOT TO LOSE IN THE 1ST QUARTER) game. Pathetic!!!!

Yes – I would say Richt is probably gone after this season – and it is shows in the recruiting.
BAMA is having weak resistence in our recruiting efforts.

UGA – the Michigan State of the SEC!!!!!

1eyedJack

May 25th, 2011
10:04 am

We’ve recruited DBs heavily in the last two classes so that is probably not our biggest priority. We need RBs, OL, WRs, DL and LBs.

RxDawg

May 25th, 2011
10:04 am

“Which out-of-state school do you think is having the best “Georgia invasion”? ”

Well that’s a kinda given.

1eyedJack

May 25th, 2011
10:04 am

We will fill our needs. Count on it.

OKDawg

May 25th, 2011
10:07 am

The MAJOR concern for UGA is Vandy raiding our state!!! Wait…oh yeah, back to reality. Let’s not jump off any bridges just yet – with signing day 9 months away.

OKDawg

May 25th, 2011
10:08 am

Roll Tide, I bet you would enjoy his b*lls.

JB

May 25th, 2011
10:10 am

Hey Turd with pride…er I mean Tide with pride…..I thought the same thing about Bama between Stallings and Saban….Just say’n. Short memories over there.I think Richt is 3-1 vs Bama………..Check it out and get back to me.

BjohnDawg

May 25th, 2011
10:15 am

Jeez people it is sssoooo early in the recruiting game. BAMA get them, Auburn get them…You think UGA will not get its share? Please.
TOP 10 every year. 2012 will be no different.

UGA UBA Hypocrite

May 25th, 2011
10:36 am

Anybody that thinks that the Alabama team that Mark Richt beat 3 times is the Alabama team that suits up nowadays needs their head examined. We all saw what happened when Saban got his own players on the roster in Tuscaloosa. A UGA beatdown of biblical proportions. Richt needs to go, he is Satan in sheeps clothing.

AdMan

May 25th, 2011
10:36 am

There are “only” eleven Georgia players on the current Alabama football roster with three more set to arrive for Fall practice…..WHO CARES?….I don’t…the Alabama fan base has selective memory…it wasn’t long ago that Bama was losing to La. Monroe… and everyone else they lined up against including Georgia( I can see Pulpwood Smith shreading their defense right now and the Bama faithful getting up and leaving the game at the start of the fourth quarter)If Richt can’t turn it around,and I think he can,Georgia will go and get someone that can and will. Georgia has five times the cash Alabama has and our athletic facilities make Bamas look like a highschool programs (heck Ole Miss has better athletic facilities than Bama does)….If I were the Bama fans I’d worry about the unknown…what happens when Saban gets a better offer or his coaches start to bail out on him because they can’t stand to be around his ego anymore.The state of Georgia is loaded with talent so the Dawgs can afford to be selective.CMR doesn’t need to bow down to any high school athlete….only time will tell but when the Georgia program get back on track it will be fun to watch the Bama faithful run for cover and pour out their excuses.

JB

May 25th, 2011
10:42 am

Adman….you are so right….If the Dawgs ( I like Mark, but I like winning more)had an aggressive coach and kept all these elite players in State, Bama would be buying a ticket to watch us in the Dome every year………and with McGarity, it’ll be sooner than later.

AdMan

May 25th, 2011
10:44 am

Hey Bama fans…it might have been 31-0 at halftime but the Dawgs only lost the game by 10 points. Where was Bama in the second half?….and don’t tell me they pulled their starters…I was there…they didn’t…they got out played by Georgia in the second half and Saban knows it. So please save your BS for your own fans…what goes up eventually comes down…….the Bama football program is proof of that…..La. Monroe loss is proof of that…rock bottom.

Real Problem

May 25th, 2011
10:57 am

UGA Insider….sorry, but the average NFL corner is 5′11″. In a perfect world I would rather have a 6′+, the fact is most taller corners can not rotate their hips as fast. Tallest big corner is probably the kid from Alabama 6′2″+…..just not many around. I would like to see the Georgia CB’s in the picture this year and I have a big TV. Behind QB I think CB is the most important position on the field….again, not pleased the best are leaving the state.

Real Problem

May 25th, 2011
11:01 am

AdMan…..you have lost your mind…..no Georgia fan wants to remember that game. You make me want to feel good by saying WE ONLY LOST BY 10 POINTS:(.

chris

May 25th, 2011
11:01 am

I’m almost positive that Geno is not going to Uga, and he is actually a little taller than 5-11

Real Problem

May 25th, 2011
11:05 am

Which team is having the best “Georgia invasion”………does not take a rocket scientist to figure (Smart/Saban) Alabama. I for one would like to break up that duo and make one the next Georgia coach. Either one would work:).

DC

May 25th, 2011
11:22 am

Come on Holsey…Get him over to the ‘Burn!

nash

May 25th, 2011
11:24 am

the only loss on the list was the kid that picked Florida State. Until a month ago UGA had Dionne Bonner and, Geno Smith as their top to targets are corner and both at the time seemed to be header for Athens. Kendell Drake is a guy I thought would end up at Tech but the Dawgs did recruit him and, I think the lost of Kirdy did hurt to

JB

May 25th, 2011
11:25 am

DC, he will as soon as the offer comes in, if you get my drift.

DC

May 25th, 2011
11:34 am

yayaya…JB you need new material man..there is no way I can handle you for an entire season of this on the blogs haha

schmeckdawg

May 25th, 2011
11:36 am

AltamahaDawg

You worried now? Another one lost because we were late to the dance!!!!

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UGA UBA Hypocrite

May 25th, 2011
11:39 am

AdMan…. Alabama has arguably the best facilities in the country. UGA is just trying to catch up and they still have along way to go, both in the weight room and on the football field. You really should know your facts before you post. I’m not even a Bama fan but you have to respect the program that they have built. If you don’t then you’re either blind or in denial. The fact that you say that UGA’s facilities makes Bama’s look like a HS is laughable. It should be stated the other way around. Have you not saw the size of the players at Alabama man? They are built like the Atlanta Falcons.

GT Hulk

May 25th, 2011
11:46 am

If GT would get a young defensive coordinator, instead of Moses, then PJ might could get some of these defensive standouts.

Brown Dog

May 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

Adman, I agree, it’s all cyclical, and Georgia will always get recruits. But let’s clarify a couple of points.

1. Georgia has losing lifetime records against the traditional league elites.

2. No place in the country has better football facilities than Alabama. Even the kids who go elsewhere can’t believe what they see when they first come to campus.

3. Georgia did rally in the second half of Black(out) Saturday. But that game did mythic damage to your team and to CMR. A really bad idea by the head coach turned into a national, season-long embarrassment from which the program has never really recovered.

Hollywould

May 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

War Eagle Geno. Now that Mike Blakely has transferred from Florida and enrolled at Auburn we need the d speed. Wait til 2012 with Dyer, Blakely, Frazier in Gus’s offense. Nobody will stop them. War Eagle

Terry

May 25th, 2011
12:55 pm

Roll Tide with Pride!!!, Y’all had a 27 point lead on Auburn last year, and let them come back in the second half, they scored 28 points to beat Y’all, and if I’m remembering this right? Didn’t Y’all score all those points when Auburn had three of their defensive players suspended for half a game, one of them being Nick Fairley? When they came in the second half y’all didn’t score again. Seems to me Y’all where ranked #1 in 2010, lot of good that did, Y’all still lost three games last year, just like UGA did when they where ranked #1 and South Carolina put the beat down on Y’all didn’t they, one last thing Y’all don’t lose in Baton Rouge do you? So give me a break, about how great the Tide is, y’all run, y’all mouth last year and came up short! Nuff Said!

Mean Machine

May 25th, 2011
1:06 pm

Once again, another top recruit going elsewhere, and this one doesn’t even have UGA in is top 5! It seems like the UGA coaching staff is resting on their laurels after this outstanding recruiting year. Hasn’t Richt seen that with the coaches that are in the SEC now, all of them are relentless on the recruiting trail. Again, the question arises of how dedicated to football are Richt and his staff. I’m sorry, but there really is no time off in this league. I know they work very, very hard at their jobs. But if there is always a coach out there that is willing to work harder, then UGA will continue to come up short with many of the top players in the state, and once again we will hear, “well you can’t get ‘em all”. The truth is, if this program is at the level it should be, then UGA cherry picks whoever they want in the state. 95% of the recruits in Georgia should have UGA as their top choice (see Texas Longhorns). In Texas, kids recruit the Longhorns, not the other way around. That is what UGA should be in the state of Georgia. I’m tired of the constant underachievement at UGA!

JAWJeRDAWG

May 25th, 2011
1:17 pm

Just my opinion, but IF Georgia has a good year and CMR has his contract extended, UGA will get all the quality position players it needs. Go Dawgs!

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

May 25th, 2011
1:19 pm

I am very happy with Nick S. now, but I will be so mad when he leaves for the Pros or a job at ESPN. When we go on probation Nicky will be leaving!

Real Problem

May 25th, 2011
1:37 pm

Mean Machine….good post….wish I could shoot holes in it…..can not:(.

Real Problem

May 25th, 2011
1:44 pm

Roll Tide with Pride!!!….First of all I do not see Alabama going on probation, I think the program is clean and they just outwork the competition. Kids are hardly thugs coming out of there…..Julio, Mark, Greg and Marcell……true role models.

Brown Dog

May 25th, 2011
1:54 pm

Terry, we did lose 3 games and we did blow a 24-point lead, and Auburn had two key reserves suspended for the half, but not Fairley.

What you don’t point out is that with 9 new starters on defense, with a schedule that had six SEC opponents coming off bye weeks, we were one stop (against LSU) and one drop (against Auburn) from playing for another national championship. Maybe we’ll make those two plays in 2011.

How’d your season go?