Chad Simmons

Georgia speedster cornerback Terell Smith commits to the Minnesota Golden Gophers

Georgia speedster cornerback Terell Smith decided to end his recruiting process this afternoon and grab an oar to join the boat at the University of Minnesota.

"I just thought it was the right decision for me," Georgia cornerback Terell Smith said to GopherIllustrated about his Minnesota commitment. "I decided to call coach P.J. Fleck this morning to commit and that conversation went great. He got super excited and was real happy. I actually told my family this morning that committing to Minnesota was what I wanted to do, even though we weren't able to get up there today. My family really supports and believes in my decision and they're 100% behind me. After talking with coach Fleck, I talked with defensive backs coach Mo Linguist, and he was excited too. He then got me and my dad on the phone, and he was just talking to my dad about the school and my dad was asking questions about Minnesota, and things went well."

"Coach Fleck and Mo were the Minnesota coaches I'd been talking with most lately, and coach Mo's been saying since Day One that I'm a priority for Minnesota," Smith explained to GI. "He also shows me I'm a priority and he's let me know everything I need to know about Minnesota. Coach Fleck always tells me about the opportunity I have at Minnesota, and he really wants me to come in and play for him as a freshman. My interest in Minnesota was so high because the coaches show me I'm their number one guy and they show me that I'm a priority. That means a lot to me. They want me at cornerback playing man to man press coverage on the opponent's best wide out, and I'm good with that."

Smith still does plan on taking all of his official visits. 

"I'm still going to take my official visits even though I'm committed to Minnesota," Smith said. "I'll still be coming up to visit Minnesota this spring yet, but I just have to find a date that works. I'll also be going to the Rivals camp and the Nike Opening camp as well this spring. I want Gopher fans to know that they got an elite player, and I'm excited to be a Gopher."

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