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Garrison Smith
Star DT addresses his recruitment and more
           By Jesse McCormack/ThaRinger.Com
                           July 15th, 2009

Garrison Smith, a heralded defensive line recruit from Atlanta, Georgia, is pretty relaxed about the recruiting process right now, but hinted that he might make some news soon. ThaRinger.com has the latest on Smith’s recruitment, game, and more.

Smith plays several positions for his Douglass High School team, and was the centerpiece of his team’s defensive line finishing the season with 27 tackles for loss to go along with 14 sacks.

“We went 3-7 we had a tough year last season and a had a young team but we’re coming back strong.” Smith said. “We’re doing pretty good and were just trying to get some camaraderie and get everybody on the same page and be the best team we can be.”

“I also play safety and fullback but I need to improve on everything, I just want to be the best player I can be.”

Smith also says he idolizes NFL Hall of Famer, and Former University of Tennessee, defensive linemen Reggie White.

“I look up to Reggie White, not only on the field but off the field and how he lived his life.” Smith explained. “He played at Tennessee and you know there’s great tradition and I just wanted to play up there and I always watched him and Tennessee and he’s a great Christian.”

As far as recruiting goes, Smith had started to trim his list, but is adamant that he doesn’t have any favorites.

“Yeah I made a list of 10 schools, but I’m wide open.” he said. “After the season I’m going to focus on recruiting, but right now I’m just focusing on the season. They’re all the same I’m just focusing on what I like and don’t like.”

As for visits, Smith said he’s holding off until after the season and is just focusing on work, and the upcoming season.

“I’ve just been working, I had a job at six flags, so I couldn’t really visit anywhere but right now I’m working and getting ready for the season.” Smith said. "Maybe after the season (I’ll think about visits) but right now I’m not really going anywhere.”

“Not yet, I know a couple things,” Smith said about his official visits. “But I’m just going to handle that when the time comes. I have a couple schools that I know I’m going to take them to and they know who they are.”

Smith also somewhat addressed the rumors that he might make his highly anticipated commitment sooner rather than later.

“I don’t know, there’s no telling whether I’m going to commit on signing day or whenever, I may commit tomorrow.” Smith said. “I don’t know maybe or maybe not, but you just got to stay posted and just be reading a lot and be on the lookout. There may be some news coming up soon.”

Smith discussed what coaching staff he has particularly bonded with, as well as what factors will weigh heavy on his final decision.

“I’ve bonded with a bunch of coaches you know Ohio State, Georgia, LSU, Florida State, Vanderbilt and it’s going to be a real tough decision..” He said.

“My relationship with the coaches and how I like the team and the players and program and academics are real important and football will take care of itself.”

Smith ranks as #76 in the Class of 2010, and #2 in the state of Georgia.