These two will be going head-to-head against each other in the SEC. Columbia WR Keithon Redding (left) has committed to Tennessee, while St. Pius defensive back Geno Smith will pick between Auburn and Alabama (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)
The recruiting version of the “Iron Bowl” will take place in Georgia soon.
Archrivals Auburn and Alabama are battling it out for St. Pius DB Geno Smith, who is considered by many to be Georgia’s No. 1 college football prospect at defensive back. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Smith will announce his college decision on August 17.
“I’m down to Auburn and Alabama,” Smith told the AJC. “Texas, Tennessee and Notre Dame are in there, too. But it’s really between Auburn and Alabama. I’m planning on deciding before school starts and that will be it.”
How do Alabama and Auburn compare? “In my opinion, they are both very similar. Coach Saban and Coach Chizik are both great defensive coaches. I enjoyed myself when I visited each school this summer. I really felt comfortable at both places. It’s going to be a really hard decision on where I want to go out of those two.”
Smith is one of the state’s leaders in early offers, racking up nearly 40 scholarships, including both UGA and Georgia Tech. He has remained one of the nation’s top-rated players at cornerback, despite maintaining a low profile since attending a prospect camp in early April.
“My senior year is very important to me,” Smith said. “I just want to be ready for it, and do whatever I can to help my team make it to the state championship game. I took some time away from recruiting and the camps. I did an early visit in the summer to Auburn, and went recently to Alabama. That was enough for me because I knew in my heart that it would come down to those two schools in the end.”
“The state’s fastest football recruit” or Carrollton sprinter Jonathan Jones (undecided) and Creekside’s Josh Holsey (committed to Auburn) are also candidates to be Georgia’s No. 1 DB. Geno Smith and Holsey are close friends, with Holsey trying to recruit Smith to play with him in Auburn’s secondary.
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