Geno Smith visits Alabama

Geno Smith, one of the top prospects in Georgia, was in Tuscaloosa during the weekend to enjoy the Crimson Tide's Junior Day. Smith, from Atlanta's St. Pius X Catholic High School, projects as one of the top senior defensive backs in the country next season and already has 22 offers to his credit.


"The visit went very well," said Geno Smith. "We toured the facilities, the dormitories, and the dining hall. I talked with a lot of the players like John Fulton, Blake Sims, and C.J. Mosley. It was a good visit."

Smith, 6-0, 165, made 47 tackles and eight interceptions this past season at St. Pius X. His first offer came from Auburn and offers have since escalated to most of the SEC and top football programs nationally.

"Jeremy Pruitt is someone who I think very highly of as a coach," Smith said of UA's defensive back coach. "He played at Alabama. They run a pro style defense, and it would be a great opportunity there for me to learn and keep getting better in what has to be considered an NFL pipeline."

This was Smith's first Junior Day visit. He plans on being at Tennessee's next weekend with dates at Florida and Florida State down the road. With so many to choose from, Smith isn't worried about an early commiment. He is trying to trim down his list to less than a dozen.

"I'm open right now," said Smith. "I don't have any favorites. Alabama's in pretty good shape after this visit, but I want to explore all my options. I want to see how all the coaches relate to me and how the defense relates to me. By next month I'm hoping to decide my top 10 schools."

Smith, an All-State performer in Georgia's Class AAA, says he'll probably wait until after his senior season and take all of his official visits.

"It'll probably come down to who I think has the best defensive scheme for the position I play," Smith said of his college choice. "I want the place to be like home. I'd like to major in sports broadcasting, so school's with good programs in that are going to stand out to me."

This wasn't his first visit to Tuscaloosa. Smith had been there previously for two football games and a training camp.

"My Mom came with me and some of my friends," Smith said of the visit. "She liked it. She liked the attention to detail they had set up to answer any question you may have and give you a good overview of the campus, academics, and facilities."

Smith is gearing up for track season at St. Pius X where he competes in the 100m and 200m relays.

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