After a slow start to the 2018 class, Kirby Smart and the Georgia staff finally got some good news when Hapeville Charter cornerback Chris Smith committed to the Bulldogs. Smith has had Georgia high on his list for some time, but recently took some visits up north to check out Michigan and Ohio State. While he had a good time, he knew he wanted to be a Bulldog after his latest visit to Athens.
“I realized I wanted to commit after my last visit and after talking to my parents and Will (Poole).” Smith said. “Then I took some time to think on the way ride home and that’s when I knew.”
The staff has made Smith a priority for months now after offering earlier this year, and it made a big impact on Smith and his family.
“Georgia has been consistent every time I’ve visited and really has been consistent in recruiting me.” Smith said. “It’s close to home and it presents me a very good opportunity to succeed.”
As expected, the staff was ecstatic when one of the state’s top cornerbacks told them the news. Its clear Smith was a big target for them, and they needed a new commit as soon as possible.
“I only told head coach Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker but they were really excited and said it was the best news they received in a while with all the recent bad news involved with recruiting.”
Smith loves to compete, and participates in as many camps as he can. Between camps and college visits, Smith has gotten to know quite a few recruits not only in Georgia, but around the south. Smith admitted that there are quite a few players he will be recruiting to Athens.
“I’ll be going after Trey Dean, Marquez Ezzard, and Kearis Jackson for sure.” Smith said. “Once I find everyone else we need I’ll be going after them too.”
Smith’s Hapevile Charter teammate and close friend Williams Poole signed with Georgia this past February. They two have been close for years, and Smith admitted it will be nice to play with his friend again at the collegiate level.
“Will had a little impact on my decision but not much.” Smith said. “He was the first person I told outside of my immediate family. It’ll be great to be back on the same team with my brother again.”
The four-star cornerback is Georgia’s third commitment for the 2018 class joining linebacker Donovan Georges and kicker Jake Camarda.