What impression did UGA make?

FSU commitment Telvin Smith traveled to Athens this weekend to visit Georgia. The talented linebacker always had UGA high on his list and it appears the Dawgs are making their move. Get the latest here.

"I drove up to Georgia Friday night after our game and checked into my hotel around 3am," said Telvin Smith. "I got some sleep and then met up with the coaches Saturday afternoon."

"I got to hang out with Coach [Mike] Bobo and Coach [John] Jancek for a while and then I sat down and had a talk with Mark Richt. It was cool talking to all three of the coaches and I like them all."

He hung out with Bobo and Jancek and they showed him a lot of love in Athens, but Smith's time with Coach Richt really stood out to him.

"He really wanted to know where Georgia stood with me and what kind of interest I had in them. We talked about that for a while and I let him know that Georgia has always been in my top three and they are still high on my list."

"We talked about a lot of different things after that too. He talked about Georgia, the football program, his leadership, how he holds his coaches very accountable, and things like that. He just told me things I should know about them as a school, what to expect if I went there, and it was a real man to man conversation."

The impression Coach Richt made on the 6-foot-3, 210 pound linebacker out of Valdosta (GA) Lowndes was a strong one.

"I have been to Athens before, but I had never got to talk to Coach Richt like that," said one of the top outside linebackers in the South. "He is just a great guy and very humble too. If you did not know who you were talking to, then you would never know he is a head coach at Georgia."

"He is just a natural leader, he knows how to talk to people, and he has high standards. I really like those things about him."

The visit with Coach Richt and his time with assistants Mike Bobo and John Jancek got the day off to a good start and the second half was good too.

He got to see a great game inside Sanford Stadium where Georgia rallied to defeat Auburn 31-24 and he liked what he saw.

"It was my first game at Georgia and it was nice. I guess I would have to call the atmosphere crazy overall. It was very loud in there even when the team was down. The environment was great and it was all very exciting."

The team stood out to Smith as well. The Dawgs fell behind early 14-0, but they didn't lay down and give up. That style of play reminded him of his high school team.

"Georgia did not quit, they did not slow down, and I was loving it because they fought back so hard. We have been down like that at Lowndes and that is how we play. I don't like to lose so seeing the Georgia players fight back and never give up stood out to me."

After the Dawgs won, Smith spent some time with a couple of linebackers that play for UGA. One is the leader of that Bulldog defense and the other is a freshman from the same part of Georgia as him.

"I have known ‘Mike G' (Michael Gilliard) for a while so it was cool to hang out with him again and just what he does up there. We grew up in Valdosta so we have hung out before. I also spent time with Rennie Curran and he is a great guy."

"We all went out after the game and they showed me around downtown and stuff. We just walked around, talked, and hung out. It was cool."

Many recruits would ask players questions when spending time with them, but not Smith. He had a different approach.

"I didn't go to Georgia with a lot of questions; I just wanted to experience everything for myself and take it in. Some guys would just tell you what you wanted to hear, so I wanted to be the judge of everything for myself."

So what did he think? Was it enough to make him reconsider his commitment to Florida State?

"I really liked it a lot up there at Georgia," admitted Smith. "It was a great experience all the way until I left. I loved the game, the time with the coaches, hanging out with the players, and just seeing how close everyone is."

"I am still committed to Florida State, but I am going to take an official visit to Georgia after the season is over. I talked to them about it, they know I am interested, and I feel they are very interested in me. The atmosphere there is great and I am going back for sure."

He will also visit Florida State and Florida officially. Those two along with Georgia are his final three.

His commitment to the Seminoles is still there, but he said there is no one, two, or three between his finalists.

"I could not even say who is the top one right now really. I just want to visit each school, see how I feel when I am there, and go from there. It is hard to say more than that right now."

Smith did make it known that the coaching change at FSU with Mickey Andrews resigning will not affect his decision in the end. It will be all about how he feels about the school.

"This is going to be a decision I make for myself and I will go where I feel best at," he stated. "I am not concerned with the coaches because I know good coaches will be brought it. I am just looking for the best fit for me."


Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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