Blake Visits Atlanta DT

While in Atlanta last week, North Carolina assistant coach John Blake stopped by Douglass High School's spring practice to check out Garrison Smith, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive tackle.

"I didn't talk to him, [because] they're not allowed to talk to me," Smith said. "But I noticed him out there."

Smith says over the last several months he has had "multiple" conversations with Blake, but hasn't spoken to him since his evaluation visit.

"We talk about football and life," Smith said. "He talks about stuff relating to [football] and what he could do for me."

Over 25 schools have extended Smith a scholarship offer. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, UNC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Southern Cal, and Tennessee highlight his list of offers.

Despite reports stating otherwise, Smith says he doesn't have any favorite schools.

"I'm still wide open," Smith said. "I don't know where that stuff comes from – I'm still wide open."

Smith says UNC has just as much of a chance of landing him as any other school.

"They're in the mix with everyone else," Smith said. "I think it's a great school with a good [football] program and good coaches. A lot of great players have played for them."

Although he admits he's getting closer to establishing a list of favorites, Smith doesn't know when he'll begin to narrow his list of choices.

"Maybe during the season – I don't know," Smith said. "I'm just going to take it day-by-day."

To assist in narrowing his list of choices, Smith plans to visit as many schools as he can over the summer. Although he hasn't made any plans and doesn't know of any destinations, Smith says a trip to UNC will be under consideration.

Smith has already made recruiting visits to Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

When evaluating schools, Smith will focus on academics, as well as the quality of the football and Fellowship of Christian Athletes programs.

Unsurprisingly, Smith isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"[I'll commit] whenever the time is right," Smith said.

After beginning his prep career as Douglass' starting left offensive tackle as a freshman, Smith was moved to defensive tackle during his sophomore season and has remained there since.

As a junior, Smith collected 108 tackles, including 27 for a loss and 14 sacks.

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