March 21, 2009

Smith on the verge?

No, Douglass High's Garrison Smith didn't make it official.

But even without saying so, the state's top-ranked defensive end said Saturday afternoon after Saturday's Junior Day visit that Georgia is definitely on his mind.

"I think it (Georgia) speaks for itself," Smith said. "Everybody knows where Georgia is with me."

Although Smith did not tell UGASports that he has committed to the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Atlanta native said everything he saw about the Georgia program gave him plenty of reason to like what he saw.

"I loved it man. I got me all the coaches again and learn everything the school has to offer," Smith said. "I got to tour all the facilities, got to watch a good, high-intensity practice and it was great to see the players get after it. It got really crunk out there."

Smith laughed that he was ready to jump right in.

"That's what I like," Smith said. "I'm a wild man, too. I wanted to get out there."

No doubt Georgia coaches would love him to one day do just that.

Smith brings a fast motor and determined commitment to succeed, both on the field and in the classroom.

"I think I bring a high intensity, a high energy level and I never back down," Smith said. "I've never heard of a white flag. No isn't in my vocabulary and I always try to get after it. I'm just like Rambo. I just try to play hard every snap."

Not that Smith doesn't think there's still a lot he can learn to help Douglass his senior year.

"I think the sky's the limit. I'm going to take in everything my coaches have to offer me because I know there's still a lot that I don't know and I still have to learn," Smith said. "I just want to get fundamentally strong in everything. Every aspect of my game I want to improve."

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