Smith Taking Recruiting Slow

Recruiting has slowed just a little for Atlanta's Branden Smith's.

"Right now it's been kind of quiet," he said. Perhaps the top overall recruit in Georgia, Smith is being pursued by a slew of schools, but he said he's not going to narrow down his list of potential suitors until later in the year.

"I am not sure where I am going to visit in the fall," Smith admitted. "I've not really narrowed it down to five yet. I think I have a good relationship with all of the coaches recruiting me – not great with all of them – but with most of them; the ones I see and talk to on the phone are the ones that I have the best relationship with."

Smith said the only practice he's been to so far this fall was to Alabama. The Tide will play Clemson, another school recruiting Smith hard, at the Georgia Dome, which is only minutes from Smith's home in downtown Atlanta.

When asked about Georgia's number one ranking going into the season, Smith said he thought it is a positive for the Dawgs.

"I think it's a good thing," he said. "They have a good team, and they had a good year last year. I just want to see how they play."

It is widely known that Smith is one of the top targets for the Bulldogs this signing class. The rising senior may be the one player in state the Dawgs must sign in order to have the class they want. Smith has visited

Georgia no less than two times – taking in camps both occasions while meeting and greeting the Bulldog staff.

Still, the Atlanta native is being recruited hard by Clemson, Alabama and Florida. The Tigers and Tide seem to be Georgia's biggest hurdle to signing the prospect.

Smith's Washington team made headlines in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week after it was announced that longtime coach Rodney Cofield would not be back after signing a contract to be an assistant principal. Many players, including Smith, were upset by the decision. Still, Smith has moved on and now says that he embraces his new head coach – Stanley Pritchett.

"We now have a new coach who played in the SEC and in the NFL," Smith said. "We have a lot of respect for him because of being the head coach. He just told me that I am the captain and a big role model. He wants me to lead. He told me to stay patient with recruiting. He's been through it. I have to learn from him."

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