Smith is taking his time

Four-star safety D.J. Smith has plenty of schools to choose from, but he's in no hurry to make a decision on which one he wants to pick.

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That's probably why the No. 9 safety in the class of 2014 has spent a vast majority of his summer working out with his Walton High School [Marietta, Ga.] teammates.

"I went to only one school so far and that was South Carolina. I'm going to Georgia on Friday," Smith told CUTigers earlier this week.

He was in Columbia last month.

"It was fine. I hung out with coach [G.A.] Mangus, my dad and some of my friends from another school," Smith said.

Aside from Friday's trip to Athens, that may be it for the summer, when it comes to recruiting visits. Smith is in no hurry to reach a decision -- that will come after his senior season. So he's not racing out to as many college campuses as possible.

In late May ON LOCATION interview, Clemson and Tennessee were listed as his leaders.

"It's probably still the same -- Tennessee, Clemson and South Carolina, I'm feeling them a lot right now," Smith said. "Georgia, yeah, and Florida, of course, still."

That, of course, is subject to change over the next several months.

"I'm not really worried about it. I just want to worry about it after the season," Smith said.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables will continue to keep tabs on Smith. Among the Tigers' coaches, that's who's had the most contact with Smith.

"At least two or three days [a week], we talk," Smith said.

Who's recruiting him the hardest?

"Tennessee, South Carolina and Clemson."

As a junior, Smith had 50 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups. On the offensive side of the ball he rushed for 450 yards and five touchdowns and had over 400 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Top Stories