July 17, 2009

Smith ready to make his choice

Douglass High's Garrison Smith dropped a couple of bombshells Saturday night.

The five-star defensive tackle told UGASports that not only has narrowed his choices to two schools, but he's going to make a choice known Sunday evening.

Smith said he will choose between SEC rivals Georgia and Florida and come to a decision which he will announce at a press conference scheduled for 7 p.m. at Shout, a restaurant located at Colony Square off Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta.

"A lot of people have been asking me what I'm going to do," Smith said. "Well, it's Georgia and Florida with me."

No doubt fans of the Bulldogs and Gators will be anxiously awaiting the news.

At 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, Smith has received offers from virtually every big-time program in the country, including Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and nine of the 12 schools in the SEC.

But now, it's down to two.

"We're going to see," Smith said. "It's going to be either Georgia or Florida. They're the two main schools that I've been thinking about. We'll see (Sunday) who it's going to be."

It's already been an amazing month on the recruiting front for the Bulldogs who have pulled in 11 verbal commitments since the first of June.

But no defensive tackles.

Georgia does have commitments from 10 defensive players thus far, but none on the defensive interior.

It's a position defensive line coach Rodney Garner would love to shore up. The Bulldogs graduate Geno Atkins, Kade Weston and Jeff Owens after this year and will need some extra bodies to provide some additional depth.

The Gators are in a position of need as well.

Florida does have a commitment from 6-4, 300-pound Leon Orr, a four-star performer from New Port Richey, Fla., but would no doubt love to add to Smith who would also give the Gators two five-star commitments thus far.

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