Hapeville Charter (GA) cornerback Christopher Smith is one of the state’s top defensive back prospects in the 2018 class. A former teammate of 2017 Georgia Bulldog signee William Poole, Smith has seen his friend go through the recruiting process, and his recruitment has picked up tremendously over the past two months. The Atlanta native is very familiar with the home-state Georgia Bulldogs, and was in Athens again this weekend for an unofficial visit.
“My favorite part about the visit was how they (coaches) explained the process of maintaining yourself before, during, and after football.” Smith said. “They explained how to keep your body intact, staying mentally focused, and maintaining a focus on the right career path for the future.”
Football is important to Smith, but the 6-foot-0 170-pound defender is looking for more in a school than just football. Academics and a strong relationship with the staff are two major factors that go into his decision. Smith wants to feel at home wherever he goes, and Athens is a place he knows quite well. On his recent visit, Smith got to see all the new additions that the program has to offer.
“I saw the new indoor football facility so that was pretty cool and the basketball game was also great.”
Having a connection with the staff is always important, and the four-star cornerback got to meet with the coaches a little bit once again.
“I was able to speak with many of the coaches but mostly head coach Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, and running backs coach Dell McGee.” Smith said. “They all talked about how they like my game and that they feel like I know the game well. Coach Smart pointed out a few of my intangibles and pointed out that he was really impressed with my academics.”
Smith is a true competitor who finds a way to compete at every camp he possible can in the offseason. He trains as much as possible as has become a popular recruit in the 2018 class. Smith admitted that the recruit he hung out with the most on his visit was Stockbridge (GA) receiver Marquez Ezzard, another Georgia target in the 2018 class.
Although Georgia is high on his list, Smith remains open in his recruitment and plans on visiting Alabama, Ohio State, and South Carolina in the near future.