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4-star EDGE Darris Smith has as much untapped upside as any member of Georgia's 2022 recruiting class this year. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation)

Darris Smith: 6-foot-6 Georgia LB signee wins two unbelievable state titles in his track spikes

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep notes a pretty amazing feat for Class of 2022 Georgia LB signee Darris Smith. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder will report to Georgia in the next few weeks as a two-time state track champion.


Kirby Smart and his staff have signed a lot of freaks during their time in Athens. The latest No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, Travon Walker, comes to do. So does Jordan Davis, among many others.

But this young man in South Georgia is certainly on that list. Appling County senior Darris Smith, who has already signed to play OLB with Georgia, won a state track championship this weekend.

And then he did it again.

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The 4-star signee did it on the track. Not in a field event like Walker competed in during high school. Or like most anyone else would imagine a future football player doing. Georgia wide receiver Kearis Jackson even won a state title in the shot put while he was in high school.

This is that sort of unbelievable, but even more so.

Smith took home first place in the GHSA Class 3A 400-meter individual race in Carrollton this weekend.

Then he also took home the gold medal as a part of Appling’s 4 X400 meter relay team this weekend.

For Smith, this wasn’t a big surprise. Jordan Mullis, his head football coach at Appling County, hinted at it back in January some five months ago.

Smith finished with a time of 49.17 seconds and he was confident in his post-race interview with Georgia Milesplit.

“It feels good,” he said. “I always dreamed about it. I knew I could get it at the beginning of the year. I always had the fastest time on here. So I just trained for it, shot for it and got it.”

Smith said he just “ran his race, got out fast and just kept my pace” as far as a race strategy went down.

The three-sport ATH has also excelled on the basketball court for Appling County during his time as a high school athlete. Smith signed to play defense for Smart and the Bulldogs but was also a gamebreaker at “X” receiver for Appling County in high school.

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