Geno Smith talks Iron Bowl

One of the top juniors from the Peach State was in Tuscaloosa to see what the neighboring state's big rivalry game is all about. Geno Smith, from St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, Ga., came away impressed with what he saw in Tuscaloosa.

"It was a great game," Geno Smith said. "The crowd was really into it. It was a tough loss, but I had a good visit."

Smith, a 5-11, 170, defensive back, had first offer come from Auburn. He also has offers from Virginia Tech, Louisville, Georgia Tech, UGA, Vanderbilt, Florida, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. Alabama has yet to offer Smith, but the coaching staff was very eager to talk with him.

"I went to the game with my mother, my grandmother, and my coach (Paul Standard)," Smith said. "I talked a lot with Coach Burns, Coach Smart, and Coach Saban. They were all nice and seemed enthusiastic to speak to me."

Smith has made previous trips to Auburn, Georgia Tech, UGA, Florida, and Tennessee for games during the season.

"I'm going to wait to make a commit until sometime during my senior season," Smith stated. "It may come after that unless something happens where I just feel like I know that I've found the right place."

St. Pius X just completed a 9-3 season losing to Carrollton High School in the second round of Georgia's AAA playoffs. The defense was stellar only allowing 8.75 points in the 12 games and pitching four shutouts. Smith had excellent numbers himself with 47 tackles, eight interceptions, and 14 pass breakups establishing himself as one of the state's top juniors.

"We did pretty good this year, but we had a lot of injuries," Smith said. "Next year I'd like to go undefeated. I think we're going to have a real good chance."

Smith has a knack for taking on the opposition's best player. In the game against Booker T. Washington he covered UGA commit Zach Witchett and came up with an interception and two pass breakups. An outstanding athlete, Smith also had 150 yards rushing in that game. In the Grady game, Smith covered heralded senior Damian Swann and delivered big with two interceptions.

"In the off season I'm going to work on my game by getting stronger and faster," said Smith. "I'm going to run track again where I compete in the 100, 200, 4x1 relay, and the long jump."

St. Pius X Catholic High School is an Archdiocesan Roman Catholic high school in DeKalb County. The Golden Loins had 12 wins in 2009 (Smith's sophomore season) tying the school record. He wears jersey No. 4.

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