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2019 athlete Ainias Smith excited for UGA offers

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Ainias Smith participated in the Dallas event of the Rivals Three Stripe Camp Series presented by Adidas in April
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FORT BEND, Tex. -- 2019 athlete Ainias Smith opened up his recruitment with not one, but two offers from Georgia while on a visit in April for the Bulldogs spring game.

While on a visit with Houston Fast 7v7 teammates Leon O’Neal and 2020 cornerback Dwight McGlothern, Smith was offered as both a slot receiver and cornerback.

“I went down there on a visit for the spring game and Coach (James) Coley called me into his office and pretty much gave me the offer,” he said. “After that, I went into Coach Mel’s (Tucker) office after that and he asked me if Coach Coley gave me the offer, and then he gave me another office on defense.”

Smith’s brother, Maurice, finished his college career at Georgia after playing three seasons at Alabama. Even though there is a connection to UGA, the elder Smith isn’t looking to push him any particular direction.

“I’m just telling him to do what best fits him, not try and chase what I did,” Maurice Smith said. “I know he’s going to make the right decision.”

Big brother might not have to worry about having to say to much either way, as an impression already seems to have been made after his days suiting up for the Bulldogs.

“I’m definitely going to show a whole bunch of respect for them,” he said. “I got a lot of loyalty going out to them, since my brother was there, they’re going to be at the top of my list no matter what. Because of the love they showed me and him, giving him the opportunity to play for them his senior year.”


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IN HIS WORDS

On his takeaway from Georgia’s spring game

“It was real good,” he said. “Definitely looks like they are improved from last year; they had a lot young talent but now the team is starting to develop more and starting to look a whole lot better.”

On whether or not he wanted to commit on his visit

“I didn’t think I could’ve just committed on the spot,” he said. “I know it’s an early offer, but I just have to wait and pray it out first.”

RIVALS REACTION

Smith said now things are picking up with other top programs and teams like Baylor, Houston, Notre Dame and Texas. The team that might be the most likely to get involved next in his recruitment next, however, is Texas A&M.

“Me and Coach (Kevin) Sumlin actually have a real close personal relationship,” he said. “Because me and his son used to play baseball together and go to the same school.”

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