Four-Star Corner Has Tigers On Top

Geno Smith talks about his visit to Auburn and why the Tigers are back on top.

Atlanta, Ga.--A four-star prospect and rated the number four cornerback in the nation by Scout.com, speedy Geno Smith from St. Pius Catholic is one of the most sought-after players at his position in the country and has the offers to prove it. This weekend he took another visit to Auburn to check out coach Gene Chizik's program.

"The visit was great," Smith said. "I enjoyed it a lot. I got a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches. It was amazing. I enjoyed it.

"I just had about an hour meeting with Coach Chizik and Coach Trooper. I got a chance to sit with Coach Roof and Coach Lolley and go over the schemes, coverages. It was great."

Up to 6-0, 175, Smith said his priorities between now and his senior year are to get bigger and stronger so he can be a more physical player on the field. With track and field over with and spring football on the horizon, it has given him more of a chance to get a feel for his recruiting and that meant a trip back to Auburn.

A visitor multiple times last year, Smith had Auburn high on his list throughout the season, but recently he named Alabama as his leader. He said following his first visit to the Plains since last year's Georgia game that once again the Tigers are the team to beat after having the opportunity to sit down and talk with Gene Chizik, Ted Roof, Phillip Lolley, and the Auburn coaching staff.

"Auburn is definitely at the top right now," Smith said. "This visit did a lot. Right now, Auburn is definitely my number one. It's going to be hard figuring out a number two because right now I'm definitely liking Auburn.

"I just felt like I'm a number one priority for them," he added. "I got a chance to sit down and talk about more things than football, life after football. I got a chance to hang out with the players and see that I fit in with them. A lot of questions were answered and a lot was made up today."

One of the things that has Smith high on the Tigers is Auburn's need for defensive back help. He noted that the chance to play early is something he's looking for.

"It's definitely big," he said. "Everybody wants to play early. Auburn's situation is great for me since they are low or corners. They're moving to nickel and dime packages on defense so the next two years it's going to be important getting some depth at cornerback. Me going there, if I do commit, would be a great opportunity."

Another thing working in Auburn's favor is recent commitment Zeke Pike. Smith said the two are friends and it's definitely something that will help the Tigers.

"We met the first time at last year's Auburn Camp," Smith said. "We visited the new basketball arena. We talked around Christmas, but since he committed he's been on me every day. I'm going to text him about my visit.

"Since Cam left they are still getting those type quarterbacks that can do the same things, not to the same degree, but they are still trying to win a national championship and build the best team in the country. I want to be around the best and compete against the best because I want to be the best. It's definitely a great way to go, going to a great team."

Saying he's not planning on making an early decision, Smith said he does plan however to be back in Auburn the weekend of May 28th for Big Cat Weekend.

"That's definite," Smith said. "They said it's off the chain. The Top 20 players from around the country are invited. It's a big difference from junior day. I'm looking forward to it.

"I just want to play everything out and make sure I'm making the right choice. I want to play my senior year out and take my official visits, but you never know."

Smith finished his junior season with 47 tackles and eight interceptions.


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