Smith Makes Final Signing Day Plans

ATHENS – Garrison Smith will have to make a couple of phone calls on Signing Day, he says.

"I am going to have to sit down on Signing Day and call Princeton, Yale and Columbia and let them know once and for all that I am going to stick with Georgia," he said today after completing his official visit to Georgia. "They know I am trying to get that Ivy League education, and that I can get that at Georgia."

Georgia fans must be happy to know that they have bested the Ivy League once and for all for Smith, but this weekend was more about Smith learning who he will be working with over the next four to five years at Georgia. It was Smith's first experience with new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, and he came away impressed.

"Coach Grantham was a nice guy, and he knows what he is talking about," Smith said. "He showed me some film – it was cool. He was showing me the different techniques he has used in the NFL. I was sitting there thinking: ‘This guy right here might be for real.' Coach Richt made a good decision."

The jovial Smith thinks the best is yet to come for his future team, and the Georgia coaching staff wants to make sure he keeps up his end of the bargain, too.

"Coach Richt told me to work and to keep up the good work," Smith said.

The weekend gave Smith the chance to reunite with some of his future teammates, and to talk with some of the uncommitted players about why they should look extra hard at Georgia with the days ticking down until Signing Day. Smith has formed a bond with Southwest DeKalb duo Ken Malcome and T.J. Stripling.

"T.J. and Ken came up with us," Smith said, poiting out that those two prospects were on unofficial visits to the Classic City. "It was a good time. We are going to have a good little time when we all get together. I really had fun. It was cool to see that we don't have any celebrities or superstars."

Smith was uncertain about the looming decisions for the uncommitted players in attendance, but he said those players got a good feel for the way the program at Georgia works, and for the way the players on the team are going to act.

"I think the uncommitted guys saw how we are – down to Earth – a big family," Smith said.

As far as the basketball game (an event Smith brought both of his parents to) was concerned, Smith wants that sort of production from Mark Fox's bunch each night out – Fox does, too, for the record.

"Georgia went off – they have to play like that every game," Smith pointed out.

The game highlighted Smith's official visit to Georgia – the place he will choose once and for all in two Wednesdays – spurning the advances of Brown, Harvard and Columbia for the final time.


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