No. 2 rated DT Garrison Smith talks about USC

Garrison Smith (6-3.5, 255, 4.70) from Douglass High in Atlanta is not only one of the most highly recruited defensive tackles in the country (No. 2 DT), he's one of the most sought after 2010 prospects, period. USC is one of 50 plus schools that have offered him a scholarship and one of the schools Smith has interest in.

"There's a great tradition at that program, they have a great strength coach, the position coach (Jethro Franklin) is great, so many great players have gone through there and all the championships they have won," said Smith about his interest in USC. "And it's a great school academically and its name speaks for itself."

USC running backs coach Todd McNair has been the main contact for most of the prospects from the SouthEast section of the country in the past, and he's one of Smith's main contacts at USC, but McNair isn't Smith's only contact at the school.

"I actually talk to two coaches, Coach T-Mac (Todd McNair) and Coach (Jethro) Franklin," said Smith. "They are real cool dudes and are just real down to earth. They aren't Hollywood type people like a lot of people like to stereotype those who live out in California."

Smith was asked if he plans on visiting USC in the future?

"Oh, yeah, oh yeah, that's a big trip and I gotta go see what it's like in California," said Smith. "I heard it never rains in southern California, just like the song says (laughter)."

Many of the elite prospects in the country attend summer camps or unofficially visit some of the school they have interest in, but Smith said he doesn't believe that's going to be possible for him.

"I've got myself a summer job I'm going to focus on and I'll focus on working out and working with my football team," Smith said. "That's my main focus."

And focusing on narrowing his list of schools he's is interested hasn't been a topic Smith has thought much about.

"I'm just looking at all the schools and seeing what they have to offer," said Smith. "I like all the schools (50+ offers) and I wasn't expecting all of this to happen with recruiting, and have so many amazing opportunities. I'm just real thankful for everything and I‘m just going to check out all the schools. God has been good to me."

Often times USC is simply too far from home for an elite prospect from a state thousands of miles away. Many times family members want the kids to stay closer to home so they will have an opportunity to see them play during their college careers. But Smith said he has the support of his family no matter where he decides to go to college.

"They told me they are there for me and have been ever since I started playing football, so they will always be there for me and support me no matter where I go to school," said Smith. "That's what family is all about, so they're going to support me no matter where I go." Smith talked about a few aspects of a school he's specifically looking for.

"I'm looking for a good academic school because there's life after football and you can't play football forever," said Smith. "One day everyone has to hang their cleats up, put the shoulder pads up ,so you have to have something to fall back on. The FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is also really important to me. Every team has good coaches who are going to make you into the best player you can be, so if you take care of the small things, everything will work out for you."

SCPlaybook will continue to cover Smith's recruitment throughout the recruiting process and provide reports on this outstanding football player and young man.

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