Georgia '18 GA DB - Christopher Smith (Georgia Verbal)

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    Cornerback
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    Hapeville Charter
    Atlanta, GA
    RR: 5.6
    Ht: 6'0"
    Wt: 165 lbs
    Class: 2018

    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    Ohio State offers Chris Smith

    Ohio State had Atlanta Hapeville Charter DB Chris Smith on campus for a visit Thursday and 247Sports’ 36th-ranked cornerback left Columbus with an offer from the Buckeyes.

    The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Smith, given a 3-star rating and ranked as Georgia’s 41st-best player in 2018, has an offer list that far outweighs his national ranking. Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Michigan State, Florida and Louisville all are among the schools that have offered. He’s one of the Bulldogs’ top prospects at defensive back despite his lower-than-expected place on the scouting agency lists.

    Last weekend in Atlanta, Smith did what he rarely does — participated in a combine/camp — and was named one of the event’s top performers and MVP of the defensive backs.

    From Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.com:

    Out of Atlanta (Ga.) Hapeville Charter, Smith continues to add weight. Up to 170 pounds, he has nice hips, long and rangy, made several breakups during the competition portion. Closing in on 30 offers with Georgia and South Carolina in a great spot as the spring heats up.

    The Buckeyes are now hoping to find their way into that great spot, as well. Sources out of Atlanta believe that of the top players in Georgia, Smith may be one that is most likely to leave the SEC footprint. He has been talking with the Buckeyes, getting to know their staff for a while now, and was confident the Buckeyes would pull the trigger on an offer during his trip.

    “My relationship with Ohio State is great. I’ve been hearing from them for about 3-4 months, coach Kerry Coombs,” he told Land of 10 on Wednesday. “I think the offer will come (when I visit). I think they’ve seen enough.”

    The lure of playing for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes is something that has his interest.

    “It’s Ohio State. It’s one of those big schools that actually appeal to players in the South,” he said. “It’s a very prestigious program with a great history. All of those things, then as a whole — they put tons of players in the league, they compete every year, and they are known for great coaching.”
     
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    Ohio State makes Smith’s top 6

    Atlanta (Ga.) Hapeville Charter 3-star CB Chris Smith has had a pretty big last month. Tennessee offered him in mid-March. From March 28-30, Smith visited Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. That stop in Columbus earned him an offer from the Buckeyes. He’s since picked up offers from Alabama, Kansas State and North Carolina.

    With his recruitment hotter than ever, Smith trimmed down his list to 6 schools on Monday afternoon.

    Ohio State made the cut and was joined by Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and South Carolina. Smith indicated he had no preference among the 6 schools right now.

    When asked about his thoughts on Ohio State, Smith said his visit to Columbus helped propel the Buckeyes into 1 of the top schools in his recruitment. He also noticed a difference between Ohio State and Michigan during his trip to Big Ten country:

    “When I was Ohio State I really liked the intensity and drive of the practices,” he told Land of 10. “The players and coaches were very passionate. You can tell they’re all business.

    “The atmosphere at Ohio State is a lot more intense. Michigan is a bit more laissez-faire. Both programs have great ways of teaching.”

    Paying his own way to visit 3 Big Ten schools should already make this obvious, but Smith told Land of 10 that he has no concerns about leaving the South. If the Buckeyes don’t land his commitment, it won’t be because of geography.
     
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    Ohio State keeps working on Georgia commit Chris Smith II

    We’ve mentioned the same two names at cornerback so many times that you would be forgiven if you felt that Anthony Cook and Tyson Campbell were the only players in the country capable of playing the position. That’s not the case, and the Buckeyes certainly are keeping tabs on more than just that pair as they look to complement Sevyn Banks in their 2018 class.

    There are others, such as Hapeville Charter (Atlanta) 4-star prospect Chris Smith. The Georgia commit told Land of 10 he’s still hearing from the Buckeyes regularly.

    “Yes, they’re still trying,” Smith said. “I talk to [cornerbacks] coach [Kerry] Coombs. Ohio State is coming at me hard.”

    Smith said the Buckeyes likely will get a chance to see him in Columbus this fall for an official visit. Ohio State is one of three schools the country’s No. 29-ranked cornerback says he’ll visit this seasons, besides Georgia, of course.

    “I plan on taking an official visit, but I am not sure when yet. I’m still planning,” Smith said of the Buckeyes. “Michigan and Alabama, too. I’m still considering those schools.”

    Smith has been committed to Georgia since May 1, so his official visit “plans” may change. But for now, expect to see him make a trip to Ohio State this season.
     

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