Where's Smith stand?

D.J. Smith has stayed pretty quiet over the summer. He has taken a few visits, three schools currently stand out to him, and you can get the latest on the Scout 300 defensive back here...

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At one time, Florida led for the four-star safety out of Marietta (Ga.) Walton. That's no longer the case.

The former Florida native is not hearing from the Gators as much anymore, but he still has plenty of options.

Three schools currently stand out to D.J. Smith.

"It is really the same schools for me minus Florida," said Smith. "I still like Florida, but they aren't recruiting me too much right now.

"South Carolina, Clemson, and Tennessee really stand out to me right now because they have been consistently recruiting me hard for a while. It is not like it is them, then everyone else, but they really do stand out.

"I appreciate how they have recruited me from the beginning."

Smith did not want to call those three schools his favorites, but they are highest on his list at this time.

Two other schools are still right there in the race though.

"I was at Georgia for Dawg Night and Georgia has really picked it up with me. They have been recruiting me a lot harder over the last few weeks. I have had a lot of communication with Mark Richt since Dawg Night, so Georgia is in there.

"Miami is another school that has been recruiting me pretty hard lately. I stay in contact with those guys through Facebook, Twitter, and things like that. I have already set up an official visit to Miami for September 8 weekend when they play Florida, so I am interested in them."

The 6-foot, close to 200 pound versatile defensive back plans to take numerous visits during the season and then make his decisions after it comes to an end.

"I do not have a date planned or anything, but I just plan to commit after our football season is over," he said. "I may take a few official visits during the season and a few after the season. I have not decided yet, but I will be on the road a lot this fall seeing different places."

Tennessee is a school he visited recently and he had a good talk with Butch Jones. Smith and his father like what they see in Knoxville.

Clemson has had him on their campus numerous times too and Brent Venables the main recruiter for the Tigers.

Those coaches and all the other schools pursuing Smith have to show him how he can get on the field early. That will play a big role in his decision.

"I want to play right away," said Smith. "That is one reason I like Clemson, Tennessee, and South Carolina. I feel I can play early there. I want to look at depth charts, how I fit into their defense, and figure out where I can make an impact as a freshman."

Smith is the No. 9 safety in the country on Scout.

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