January 14, 2013

Richt visits Smith

While every school in the country is working hard to bring in the last few prospects to close out the 2013 class, almost all of those same schools are also working on their 2014 class.

Georgia dropped in on one of the Peach State's most talented defensive backs regardless of class on Friday in 2014 Walton cornerback D.J. Smith.

The Bulldogs didn't just send assistant coaches, either.

The head coach made the trip.

"I met up with Coach (Mark) Richt at my school today, and he had a couple of other assistant coaches with him, Coach (Will) Friend and Coach (Scott) Lakatos," said Smith. "We just hung out for a second and he told me that I need to be at Georgia."

Smith has taken multiple visits to Athens since he was offered by UGA in the summer, and his teammate, offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow, is a Georgia commitment.

In his trips to Athens, the Rivals250 cornerback says that he has formed somewhat of a special relationship to the Bulldogs' head man.

"I've talked with Coach Richt a bunch of times and I really relate well with him. He is a great guy," he said. "He talks to me about how his parents were divorced and my parents are divorced so we kind of have that in common and he just relates well with me."

When UGA offered, Smith told UGASports that he didn't know much about the Georgia program.

Now that he has taken a couple of visits, it appears as if the Bulldogs have made quite the impression.

"I just really like how physical they play on defense," he said. "I like how their cornerbacks play and it is a lot of the stuff that I do. I'm really liking Georgia a lot right now."

Another team that stands out for Smith is Alabama, and Smith has two teammates in quarterback Parker McCleod and running back Tyren Jones that are Tide pledges.

Smith, however, is currently awaiting an offer from the two-time defending National Champions.

"I'm liking Alabama too, but I just have to get that offer," said Smith.

Smith, who isn't ready to name a leader, told UGASports in an interview this summer that he grew up a Florida fan, and the Gators are another team that has made a solid impression on the four-star prospect.

Another coach I would say I have a good relationship with is Coach T-Rob (Tavares Robinson) at Florida. He is a good guy and a good coach. They are recruiting me hard."

The month of February is almost always full of junior days for the big programs across the country, but Smith doesn't quite have his schedule planned out just yet.

"I know I plan on getting up to North Carolina," said Smith. "They offered me and I told them I would come visit up there. Other than that, I don't really know right now."





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