BREAKING: UGA adds a big piece in Chris Smith to its 2018 recruiting class

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Chris Smith, a 3-star CB in the Class of 2018, committed to UGA on Monday afternoon.

Add another name to Georgia’s 2018 recruiting class. The Bulldogs picked up a big piece for their future secondary on Monday evening.

That came after Hapeville Charter’s Christopher Smith committed to UGA on Monday. Smith, a 3-star cornerback prospect in the Class of 2018, saw no reason to continue his recruiting journey and has made the decision to stay in-state and play for the Bulldogs.

Smith, a 3-star cornerback prospect in the Class of 2018, saw no reason to continue his recruiting journey and made the decision to stay in-state and play for the Bulldogs.

He even chose to commit to UGA on his birthday.

It was his birthday, but it was Georgia’s recruiting efforts for 2018 which got a big boost. He becomes the third member of Georgia’s recruiting class for this cycle.

Smith becomes the second commitment for the Bulldogs in the last 10 days. Jake Carmada, one of the nation’s top-ranked punter and kicker prospects in 2018, also chose UGA on G-Day.

Smith rates as the nation’s No. 41 overall cornerback prospect for 2018.

The 5-foot-10.5, 170-pounder has had a big spring on the evaluation circuit. Smith picked up several major offers and made the Top 5 during the showcase portion of the Atlanta Nike Opening regional.

Smith comes from the same high school program which saw William Poole III sign with UGA in 2017. Poole III also took to Twitter on Monday after Smith shared the news to welcome him to the secondary in Athens.

Smith has always looked to his college future with his eyes on his academic options first.

He told DawgNation that the Bulldogs made a significant jump after the program picked up their efforts recruiting him over the last few months.

“They are building something great,” Smith told DawgNation earlier this year. “That’s how I feel. I also like their coaches. Their coaches are very enthusiastic. I like how highly they speak of me. They lay everything out for you and keep it real. Their new facility is definitely a big bonus. I just sense the real building part of it. I really think they can do big things in the future.”

Poole was ecstatic to see Smith commit to once again man the same secondary with him in the future at Georgia.

New UGA commit Christopher Smith II poses with 4-star WR target Marquez Ezzard (right) in this photo from the Under Armour prospect camp last month. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation.com)

“It’s something special,” Poole told DawgNation. “I’ve been waiting for this, a year ago nobody knew his name and he’s been working very hard and put himself in a position to get a free education and do what most kids don’t do statistically which is play Division I football.”

Smith made the decision on Monday without any sales pitch from Poole.

“It’s funny because I told him I wasn’t going to recruit him, which I didn’t,” Poole added. “He just seemed to end up being a dawg in the end. I’m excited about his future.”

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