Smith Picks up In-state Offer

Coach Mark Richt offered an in-state 2014 cornerback over the phone Monday afternoon.

Walton standout D.J. Smith was instructed by one of his high school coaches to call Richt shortly after classes had ended. Smith received great news.

"Coach Richt got to talking, and he said he wanted to offer me a scholarship," Jones said. "I said, ‘thank you.'"

Nebraska and South Carolina offered Smith last week. Georgia became the third school to offer him, but the move by the Bulldogs surprised Smith to some degree.

"I was like wow," he said. "I was surprised, too, because I hadn't talked to Georgia much. They had a coach come out to one of our practices last week, and he must have liked it."

A 5-11, 171-pound rising star, Smith has watched upperclassmen teammates Tyren Jones and Brandon Kublanow go through the recruiting process since last year. Jones, who committed to Alabama in February, has been sharing insight into how to properly go about choosing a school.

"Tyren has been telling me that I need to go find some background information on all these schools so I know what to start looking for," Smith said.

Smith figures schools are stepping forward to offer this early because of the physical way he plays the cornerback position.

"I think the coaches see that," he said.

And for now, he's being patient and seeing what other schools will offer. An offer from one SEC team in particular is something Smith hopes comes his way.

"My favorite school right now is Florida," Smith, who lived in Tallahassee, Fla., until he was eight, said. "Me and my dad watched Florida all the time."

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