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Scout's Take: Garrison Smith
Profile: Garrison Smith Position: Defensive Tackle Location: Atlanta, Ga. – Douglass High School Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 257 pounds Recruiting Breakdown: Smith held about every offer in the country. He narrowed it down to 10 schools not too long ago, but chose the University of Georgia on Sunday. Schools like Auburn, Florida, Notre Dame, and Southern Cal were under consideration too, but he decided he wanted to stay home and be a Bulldog. Strengths Punch: Smith works his hands well on the defensive line. He has experience on the inside and outside on the high school level and that has helped him. Smith gets his hands inside the body of the offensive linemen with a strong grip with space separating the two and it allows him to go to either side. His punch is strong, quick, and poweful. Lateral Movement: He is not just a north-south defensive lineman, but he can move side to side as well. He will be a guy that can shoot gaps at UGA, they can run stunts, or even drop him back into zone coverage because of his ability to change directions. He will close down the line as well as get into the backfield on the next level. Quickness: His overall quickness is excellent – he changes directions with quickness, he goes straight ahead quickly, he gets off the ball well, and he just plays at a high speed. He can be a little more consistent with his get off, but his overall quickness is definitely one of the strengths of his game. Locating the Ball: Smith does not play with head down or only looking straight ahead, but he is able to take on his block and locate the ball at the same time. He always seems to pick up the ball quickly whether it be in the backfield with the quarterback, on either side of him with a running back, or already down field. He finds it, sheds the blocker, and chases. He really recognizes things quickly. Weaknesses Learning the Position: Smith has played some on the inside for Coach Barrow, but he has spent more time on the edge at defensive end. He should slide right in at defensive tackle without too many issues, but there will still be a learning curve. It is a new position, there are some big differences there, and he will have to be adjust to bodies beside him on both sides at all times, limited space, setting up on the right should, the different responsibilities, and so on. He will split time inside and outside at Douglass in 2009, so he is already on the right path. Consistent Fire: The fire and energy is not always there with Smith. He plays fast and he is a dominant force most of the time, but he will sometimes play a little slower and with just a little less passion. If he wants to take it to the elite level in college, then he needs to play with that fire, that desire, and that intensity down after down. It is there most of the time, but he needs it all the time. Summary Smith is an elite defensive lineman. He has the tools to do a lot of damage on the next level. He will easily grow into a 290 pound plus defensive lineman when he gets to Georgia and he has the footwork, the strength, and the ideal frame for his future position. A comparison is Jonathan Sullivan – Sully was built a lot like Smith years ago at Griffin before making it to Georgia and eventually a top 10 pick in the NFL by the New Orleans Saints. Sullivan shot gaps at Georgia, disrupted things in the backfield and successfully played the run and pass in Athens and Smith could be that type of guy. If ‘Big G' puts forth max effort then there is no telling how far he can go. Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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