June 9, 2008

An eye opening visit to UGA for Smith

Georgia had one of their top targets in the class of 2009 on campus for three days last week. Rivals100 cornerback Branden Smith traveled over the Athens last week and he spent over 60 hours in the classic city.

"I got there on Wednesday and I left Friday night, so I spent three days over at Georgia last week," said Smith. "They had a camp going on, but I did not participate in that, but I got to look around, see how the coaches coach, and experience what Georgia is like."

Many would think prospects spend most of their time with their recruiting coach or the position coach that would coach them if they chose that school, but that was not the case during this visit.

Smith spent most of his time with Head Coach Mark Richt.

"I talked to all of the coaches and I spent some good time with a couple of them, but I spent more time with Coach Richt than anyone. I was around Coach Richt a lot and we talked about a lot of things."

"We talked a lot about things outside of football really. We talked about life, how we need to make smart decisions, and things like that. I like Coach Richt and he is a caring man."

Talking about life was a big part of their conversations, but not all of it. Coach Richt did not hide Georgia's desire to land this four-star corner out of Atlanta.

"He told me I was number one on their board and that they really wanted me there," Smith explained. "I really got the vibe that he was being honest with me and I really believe that I am number one on their list. It is all about trust for me and I believe Coach Richt."

The words from Coach Richt about him being their top target at cornerback meant a lot to Smith.

"I felt special when he told me that and he told me that more than once. It was an honor to hear that really. I have worked hard to achieve that, so I just want to keep working hard, so I stay number one on their list."

Another guys that was number on Georgia's and a lot of other schools lists back in the class of 2006 was Reshad Jones. Jones and Smith were teammates for a year at Booker T. Washington, so they hung out a good bit during his time at UGA.

"Reshad and I talk a lot, so it was cool to see him and hang out with him at Georgia. We talked about he is doing, how he has grown up a lot over the past year, and things like that."

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