Austin Smith Names Two Early Leaders

Buford High School (GA) outside linebacker Austin Smith currently holds three early offers. Smith is also gaining interest from other top programs around the South. Two of those programs he is getting interest from are the early favorites for Smith.

Buford High School (GA) outside linebacker Austin Smith currently holds three early offers. Smith is also gaining interest from other top programs around the South. Two of those programs he is getting interest from are the early favorites for Smith.

Smith recently played in the Georgia Rising Seniors all-star game. He was named the MVP of the East Squad by former Georgia Tech running back Joe Burns. "He told me I earned it and deserved it."

Austin feels that, in addition to his three offers, two other schools are close to offering. The current offers for Austin are from Georgia Tech, Indiana, and Vanderbilt. Clemson and Florida State are the two schools showing him interest. "Both have requested highlight tapes and told me that they are interested in seeing how I play."

While Georgia Tech isn't one of the early favorites, they are right there in top tier of schools for him. The academics and business school are two things that Austin likes about Georgia Tech. "I want to own my own business one day and Coach (Ted) Roof showed me how prestigious the Georgia Tech business school is compared to the others nationally." Austin's mom is also a fan of what Tech has to offer. "My mom really likes Georgia Tech."

While attending the Rising Seniors recently, Austin learned that director Joe Burns played at Tech. "He had great things to say about the school. It was good to see a former player talking good about their school." Austin feels that Tech will be there throughout his recruitment.

Clemson and Auburn are the two current leaders for Smith. A visit to Clemson made Smith feel right at home. "I know I have a year before I sign but right now those two seem to stand out to me."

The schools recruiting Austin like him as an outside linebacker. "I feel I am better starting off standing up as opposed to playing with my hand on the ground." Austin is currently 6'3-220 but doctors have told him he could possibly grow another three inches.

With Junior Days around the corner, Smith has already been invited to Auburn, Clemson, and Georgia. "I'm sure more invites will come and the ones that are close by will surely get a visit."

Austin already knows what he'll be looking for in a school. Consistency on the field, a valuable degree, and the depth chart are some of the things that will factor into his decision. "I want to play early even if it is special teams. I would love to push to get into the two deep."


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