Smith Makes it Arkansas

Justin Smith was not necessarily planning to commit to the Razorback's today, although he had a good idea that Fayetteville would be his college home, but an impressive un-official visit this afternoon has changed his mind, as he went ahead and pulled the trigger ending his recruiting process.

Justin Smith, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from Chattahoochee High in Georgia selected Arkansas over offers from Boston College, Michigan State, Ole Miss, East Carolina, Marshall and UAB.

It is a hot time for the Razorback's as far as recruiting goes as they have now secured two major "Peach State" commitments in the past 48 hours as Georgia safety Khiry Battle made his commitment to sign with Arkansas yesterday.

Smith, who actually made a silent verbal to Arkansas a couple of weeks ago, had not planned to make his decision public so quickly. He just had a great feel for the university and he just felt in his heart that it was the right time to come out with a public declaration for his affinity towards the school.

"I was not planning on making this commitment today," Smith began. "It just felt a lot different at Arkansas than it did at many of the other programs."

"This is actually my first visit here. Everything here is top-notch and I hear that they are even going to upgrade their facilities even more next year so it would be even better when I come here."

He said that Arkansas had appeal to him both on and off the field.

"It is a good mix of football and education," Smith informed. "Their business school is world renown so if I go to business school there I could get a job pretty much anywhere. That's very important to me.

"They also play a lot of younger guys so I think I would be able to play pretty early and get a lot of great exposure."

The Razorback coaching staff had a lot to do with Smith's final decision, and after meeting them in person he knew that his future was as a Razorback.

"It is a family atmosphere," Smith explained. "The coaches are not all about business, they are more about family. They were first class."

As a junior, Smith led his team in sacks with 13 and helped lead stout defensive unit that set Georgia 5A state record for fewest points given up in a year.

Greg Powers, Miller Safrit, and Dudley Dawson contributed to this report.


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