Smith is another 2018 prospect who has seen his recruitment take off this spring. Smith is not the biggest guy at 6-foot 165-pounds, but he has the ball skills and cover instincts needed to make a big impact at the next level. His height is okay, and he has long arms that will help him defend taller receivers. He does look a little slim, but he still has time to keep growing and putting on a little bit more weight. After an impressive spring an early summer, Smith has collected offers from Auburn, and Kentucky, with the most recent offers coming from Wake Forest, South Florida, and Southern California.
Smith was in Athens with his Hapeville Charter 7 on 7 team two weeks ago, and was very impressive in the morning session. He currently does not hold a Georgia offer, but it would be a big one if an offer were to come his way.
"A Georgia offer would be significant and a big opportunity." Smith said. "I would like to try and visit Athens again soon but I'm not sure when though. I've been really focused on perfecting my craft and getting ready for the upcoming season."
I got to focus on watching Smith a good bit during the tournament because not many teams tried throwing in William Poole's direction. Hapeville played a good Parkview team early in the day, and they went after Chris early. He broke up numerous passes on the first drive, and showed strong hands when knocking the ball away. He got called for a hold at one point, but he broke up the pass nicely when the ball was in the air. Smith believes there are many reasons why he is one of the best junior cornerbacks in Georgia.
"I think my strengths are being physical and my athleticism coverage wise." Smith said. "There are still a few things I need to work on to be the best I can be. My favorite player is Patrick Peterson. I don’t necessarily model my game after him but I do look at the things he does to see what the top tear cornerbacks are supposed to play like.”
So what’s the latest with Chris’ recruitment?
“It’s going pretty steady right now.” Chris said. “Many teams are showing me major interest. Although I’m not necessarily new to the process anymore I still can’t say that a few teams or ahead of the rest.”
Many teams will start coming hard after one of the top corners in the state, so what will it take to land his signature in 2018?
“I’m looking for a good relatable coaching staff. “Smith said. “The environment is pretty important too. I want to feel like wherever I go I can feel comfortable for 3 or 4 years. Academics are also important. Football doesn’t last forever and the next level isn’t always guaranteed either. It’s smart to make sure I am secured for the future no matter what,
Keep a close eye on Smith’s recruitment moving forward. I’m expecting him to be one of the top ranked corner prospects in Georgia for the 2018 class.