Demontavious Smith Talks GT Commitment

Monroe Area, Georgia recruits Demond Smith and Stephon Tuitt made the trip to Atlanta over the weekend for their official visits to Georgia Tech. Smith received an offer early on the visit and made his commitment to Georgia Tech before he left campus.

When Demontavious Smith arrived on the Georgia Tech campus, it didn't take long for him to receive his offer. "Coach (Paul) Johnson had my offer waiting for me and he said he didn't want me going through the weekend wondering if they had an offer for me." That was something that got Smith's attention. "He just wanted me to concentrate on the visit and to get to know what I needed to know."

The offer was Coach Johnson's way of welcoming him to the team. "He made me feel real good with that gesture." On the visit, Smith had a chance to hang out with Isaiah Johnson, Charles Perkins, and Jeremiah Attaochu. "They made me feel welcome and a part of the family."

Smith didn't go public with the commit right away. "I wanted to be an up front guy and call the Virginia Tech coaches first before it was made public so that they wouldn't be caught off-guard." After Smith made the call, he was willing to go public. Smith had just gotten off the phone with Virginia Tech when he received our call.

The one thing that led to his commitment was Coach Johnson telling him that they were recruiting him as an athlete. "When I got there Coach Johnson said I could be in the defensive backfield, slot back, wide receiver, or quarterback." Smith will end up at the position where he performs the best. "They will put me in the position where I get on the field the quickest." Smith hopes to play early and appreciated the opportunity to do so.

Smith's family is on board with his decision. "They are super happy about it because it's a short drive from my hometown and they can make the trip to Atlanta to see me play." The distance was an important factor in Smith's decision.

Smith enjoyed having his teammate Stephon Tuitt with him on the visit. "I know he likes Notre Dame and all but deep down he really knows Georgia Tech is the place he wants to go and needs to go. We'll see what happens."

The weekend was one that Smith will remember. "I've liked Tech for a long time and I really want to come in and play for Coach Johnson and get my degree at Georgia Tech." To Smith, giving Georgia Tech his verbal was the best decision he could have made.


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