Justin Smith changes verbals to Ole Miss

Justin Smith (DE, Alpharetta, GA) - Chattahoochee's star defensive end had been committed to the University of Arkansas for months, but when the staff he committed to left to Ole Miss, so did his verbal pledge.

"When I committed to Arkansas, I committed to them because of Coach Rocker and the rest of the staff up there," commented Justin Smith. "But now that they have left for Ole Miss, that is where I am going."

Smith was already familiar with the Ole Miss campus and facilities before he arrived on his official visit to the Universiyt of Mississippi.

"I went over there this summer to their football camp and really liked it a lot. I knew they had one of the best academic centers and support staff around. I came back up here this weekend and just felt right at home. This was the first time I had seen Coach Rocker in a while. It felt great to be around those guys again. I love it at Ole miss anyways, so it is just the perfect fit for me."

The 6' 4", 270 pound defensive lineman also took an official visit to Louisville last weekend and had a trip scheduled to Arkansas this weekend.

"I am not going on anymore visits. My mind is made up. I am an Ole Miss Rebel now."

Last season, Smith led his team in sacks with 13 and helped a defensive unit set the Georgia 5A state record for fewest points given up in a year. This year, Smith earned 1st Team All-North Fulton. He was offered by Boston College, Louisville, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Marshall and UAB..

“He just absolutely dominated our Region,” said Chattahoochee head boss, Coach Crowder. “I was at Camden County when we set the 5A state record for fewest points given up in a year. We sent three players on our line to the ACC and one played for Florida's national championship team last year. Justin would have started on that line. He is the best defensive linemen I have never been around."

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