Impact: Geno Smith

Geno Smith, four-star cornerback from St. Pius Catholic in Atlanta, Ga., has been a top priority for the Alabama coaching staff. Smith is 100-percent committed to the Tide and does not plan to take any other visits. How does his announcement shake up the recruiting board? Andrew Bone takes a closer look at other developments.

Geno Smith is a very important recruit for Alabama's 2012 class. The current Tide roster is expected to lose players in the defensive backfield after this year. Dequan Menzie will graduate, and Dre Kirkpatrick is projected by many as a first round draft pick even though just a junior.

Alabama has several young players who have contributed including Dee Milliner and Johnavon Fulton. Milliner started last fall and joined the Crimson Tide as the top cornerback in the country coming out of high school. He will enter his junior season when Smith arrives on campus.

Alabama signed only two cornerback recruits in the 2011 class, Christion Jones and Jabriel Washington. Jones has spent fall practice on the offensive side of the ball at running back and receiver.

Smith is a standout on both sides of the ball, but he was recruited specifically to play cornerback. He has excellent size at 6-foot, 180-pounds. He is quick, good at changing direction and has nose for the ball. He can make plays in the open space and knows what to do when the ball is in the air.

Alabama isn't finished at the defensive back position. They now have two of the best defenders in the country in National 100 recruits Geno Smith and safety Eddie Williams. It's possible four to five additional defensive backs will sign with the 2012 class.

Landon Collins, five-star safety from Geismar-Dutchtown, La., is an Alabama-LSU battle until he announces his decision at the Under Armour All-America game in January.

Travell Dixon, four-star cornerback from Thatcher-Eastern Arizona, spent four days in Tuscaloosa last month. He will return to Alabama for an official visit November 5th when the Tide hosts LSU. He is a mid-year graduate and all signs point to Alabama at this point.

Deion Belue, three-star cornerback from Booneville-Northwest Mississippi, is hoping to return in January if he graduates in December. He was a dynamic player out of Deshler High School who failed to qualify with his class.

Beniquez Brown, from Florence, Ala., is recruited by Alabama as a safety. Brown was recently told by the Tide staff he can look at either side of the ball as his preference. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards a year ago. Alabama remains the top of his list.

Deon Bush, four-star safety from Miami-Columbus, Fla., and Cyrus Jones, four-star wide receiver from Baltimore-Gilman, Md., list Alabama among their favorites. Both players are recruited by Alabama as cornerbacks. Jones has Alabama as one of his top two schools along with Auburn. Bush visited Tuscaloosa in June and has mentioned Alabama, Auburn and Miami as favorites. The coaching staff will continue to recruit both and likely to accept a commitment from one of the two players at this time.

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