Hapeville Charter (GA) defensive back Chris Smith is one of the top cornerbacks in the south, and proved why Sunday during the Atlanta Regional Opening. He was impressive all day in coverage, showed great footwork during drills, and was named a top performer on the day. One of the knocks on Smith early on was his size, but he continues to get bigger and has put on great weight recently with his 5-foot-11 170-pound frame. He has fluid hips, natural instincts, and showed great ball skills during the event. Programs across the country are after the highly coveted cornerback, but two are standing out at the moment.
“So far this year I’ve visited Georgia and South Carolina.” Smith said. “I just visited South Carolina on Saturday and it was great. The coaches showed me a ton of love and I got to see their practice and the intensity of the team. Every time I’ve been over there I only saw the football facilities but this time I got to see the camps and walk around a little more to see everything. South Carolina is definitely making me a priority there. Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and head coach Will Muschamp are great guys.”
The Georgia Bulldogs are also high on Smith’s list, he’s been to Athens several times, and is very comfortable with the program.
“The last time I visited Georgia was for their Jr Day.” Smith said. “It was the same as usually it was pretty great. There wasn’t a boring moment the entire time. I got to see every aspect of the program, the food, the nutrition, and the academics, the weight room, all that stuff. They went all out for us and that was really cool. All my questions were answered.”
Smith also noted that he has built a strong relationship with the Bulldogs staff.
“I’ve known defensive coordinator Mel Tucker a little longer than head coach Kirby Smart, but my relationship with coach Smart is still building more and more, and I feel like they are making me a priority as well.”
Smith has a big week ahead and plans to visit three major programs up north.
“Next week I’ll be visiting Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State.” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to seeing something new. I’ve always visited the schools down south so I want to see how different it is up there, if anything is similar, and if they coaches up there show some love but they always do. I talk with head coach Jim Harbaugh constantly and my dad has a great relationship with the Michigan State staff.”
The state’s second-ranked cornerback prospect plans to reveal a top 12 in April or May, but has do definite plans in terms of committing. He could decide on a school this summer, or wait it out until Signing Day if he is still uncertain.