Smith's happy with Jones' decision

Branden Smith committed to Georgia almost two weeks ago and he was excited about playing along side former high school teammate Reshad Jones in Athens. Jones was leaning towards going to the NFL early, but decided against it at the last minute. Smith was happy about that.

As of late Wednesday night, most media outlets in and around the Athens area felt that Jones was leaving Athens and putting his name into the 2009 NFL Draft.

Reports started coming out after 9pm Thursday that Jones was likely headed to the league, but after taking a little more time to look at things, he decided to stay a Georgia Bulldog.

Jones played a year at Booker T. Washington with new UGA commitment Branden Smith and Smith has said for as long as he has been recruited that it would be nice to play with Reshad one more time in college. Well, it looked like that was going to happen when Smith committed to UGA in January 4, but as of Wednesday night, that looked unlikely.

The 5-foot-11, 172 pound speedster received word before many others that he would in fact have an opportunity to play with Jones between the hedges.

"Coach [Stanley] Pritchett talked to Reshad earlier today and he found out that Reshad was staying," said Smith. "He is the one who told me about it during school, so I knew about for a while." Smith agrees with Jones' decision.

"I think he will have a better year in 2009 than he did in 2008, so I think he made the right decision. I am happy he is staying.

Even though Smith is delighted that Jones is returning to Athens, If Jones would have jumped for the NFL, then Smith would have understood that too.

"You have to do what you have to do. People have to do what is best for them and it is the players decision, so if he would have gone to the NFL, then I would have been happy for him."

Smith finished off the interview explaining his commitment to UGA is much more than just about playing along side his former high school teammate. The top corner is truly committed to the University of Georgia.

"Like I have said before, I am going to stay with Georgia as long as Coach Richt and Coach Martinez are there. I would have stayed with Georgia no matter what Reshad did. It wouldn't' have mattered to me. I am very happy about my decision and I am going to be signing with Georgia on signing day."

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