Geno Smith, one of the nation’s most-heavily recruited college football prospects with nearly 40 scholarship offers, says Alabama and Auburn are his frontrunners.
The defensive back from Atlanta’s St. Pius has Notre Dame, Texas and Tennessee in the rest of his top five. However, it’s the last two BCS champions — and bitter rivals Alabama and Auburn — with the inside position.
“They are my leaders, but it’s not a big lead; they are my two frontrunners, you could say,” Smith told the AJC.
Smith could make his college decision by mid-August. “I’m thinking about committing before the start of my senior season [of high school football]. I’m not sure yet, though.”
Smith has canceled plans to visit both Notre Dame and Texas over the summer due to team and family obligations. However, if Smith doesn’t commit by August, he will likely take official visits to both schools at a later time this year.
Not a day goes by when Smith is not asked about UGA or Georgia Tech by classmates, teammates or supporters of both colleges. “They are both good schools with good coaches. I just want to go out of state. That’s the reason.”
Smith considers UGA 5-star DE recruit Ray Drew, who signed with the Bulldogs last February, one of his mentors. “We did talk a lot at one point. He helped me out with recruiting, giving me some pointers on how to handle things. This was before he left for college. I haven’t talked to him in a while.”
Smith said he will probably make one more unofficial visit to both Alabama and Auburn this summer.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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