Smith enjoys Georgia camp

ATHENS – This was not the first trip for Branden Smith to Georgia, and the coaches hope it's not the last.

For Smith, however, the night was more about his teammate – emerging 2010 wide receiver Antonio Goodwin.

"Right now I am supporting my teammate. I want the best for him," said Smith who was interested in getting some attention diverted from him to Goodwin. I was showing him around. I think it was good for him to get exposed to a college camp."

While Goodwin more than held his own on the field, Smith held court off it with Georgia coaches making sure to pay as much attention as possible to the Atlanta product.

"Coach G was telling me that he's looking for me to commit any time that I am ready. Coach G is a cool cat," Smith said of the recruiting coordinator in Athens.

Other coaches made sure to talk with Smith, too.

"I talked with Coach Martinez, and he let me know that they really want me up there. They make me feel wanted, and I think that's a good thing, too. Everyone does that, but Georgia did a lot of that.

Perhaps what is giving Georgia a slight edge on the competition is its head coach. Smith said it was easy to talk with Mark Richt, and that he talks with Richt perhaps more than any other head coach he can think of.

"Coach Richt just talks about life," Smith said. "I talk with Coach Richt more than most other head coaches – he's easy to talk to."

That could turn out to be a big edge for Georgia in the ever-difficult game of securing Smith. Clemson, LSU (a school he was scheduled to visit later this weekend), Florida and Auburn are all knocking on Smith's door often. Arguably the top player in the state not yet committed to a program, schools are drawing a line in the sand to get Smith. After all, you don't get playmakers like him every day.

With all that said, Smith said it will be the things off the field that will help him decide where to go.

"My education comes first," he stated. "The coaching staff... getting along with them is very important. Getting along with the players is important, too. I am looking for all of those things in one."

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