Smith Talks USC

"It was nice," Garrison Smith said about his Nov. 28 official trip to USC. "The people are real good and I like the coaches a lot." Smith, who committed to Georgia in July, is being recruited by USC running backs coach Todd McNair. "I had a good time getting to know him better. He's a good person. The crowd at USC was nice. It was a rivalry game against UCLA, so it was big. But it's college..."

Garrison Smith, the 6-foot-3.5, 255-pound five-star defensive tackle/end from Douglass High School in Atlanta, Ga., has been committed to Georgia since July, but still took an official visit to USC on Nov. 28 for the UCLA game. However, Smith would not go into details about the trip west, giving only generic statements. "It was nice," Smith said about the Trojans. "The people are real good and I like the coaches a lot."

Smith is being recruited by USC running backs coach Todd McNair. "I had a good time getting to know him better. He's a good person."

So how does Smith compare the Pac-10 crowd versus the SEC crowds that he's used to? "The crowd at USC was nice," he said. "It was a rivalry game, so it was big. But it's college football, so it's always fun."

Although he doesn't have any other official visits scheduled yet, he says hasn't ruled out taking more and was vague when talking about his commitment to the Bulldogs.

"Georgia is a good program and I felt like it was the best place for me," he said about his early commitment.

"I love the people there and feel at home," he said about Georgia. "But right now I'm just training. I'm not thinking about recruiting and taking other visits and stuff. I'm not really talking to nobody right now."

The only in-home visit he's had was from the ‘Dawgs defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner. "He's cool," Smith said. "I've gotten to know him pretty well already. I'm excited to play for him."

Smith wouldn't speak about the firing of Georgia's defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and defensive ends coach Jon Fabris.

He also wouldn't say whether or not his commitment is 100-percent solid. "I'm just training right now," Smith often said to change topics.

His team finished a disappointing 1-9, while Smith had around 80 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Smith says he'd like to major in business and reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1280 SAT.


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