Greg Smith is a quick receiver with 4.5-second 40-yard dash speed, and his 38-inch vertical leap allows him to bring in a number of difficult catches. Still, it’s his confidence in his teammates and willingness to accept a new role for Atlanta (Ga.) Douglass High that has made him a leader of the team.
While his production may be off from his junior season, the interest in getting him for college certainly isn’t. He currently holds scholarship offers from Auburn, UConn, Duke, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and N.C. State, and has been talking with coaches from a number of other programs. Schools from the ACC, SEC, Conference USA and Big 12 have all been pushing for his services, and he feels the race to win him over is still wide open.
“Everyone’s recruiting me for wide receiver, and a whole lot of people in the Conference USA have been calling me; East Carolina, Tulane, UAB,” he said. “I just want to go to a school that will throw me the ball, where I can play early and where I like the coaching staff. Those are the three main issues with my decision, and location isn’t an issue.”
Smith said he’s going to wait on deciding where to take his officials visits so he can concentrate on Douglass’ season, which he knows may rely on his talent if the team falls behind. For now, he knows that a successful ground game is the key to their success, and potentially to his own if it can give confidence to the team’s young passers.
“The team is doing good. We should win the region and compete for a state title,” Smith said. “We’re winning. From a wide receiver standpoint we’re not throwing the ball as much as I’d like, but we’re winning and that’s what it’s all about. I’ve caught about two per game, but they’re just not able to get it to me sometimes.
“Our ground game is real productive and we have some young quarterbacks,” Smith said. They’ve been all right, and we keep switching them in and out trying to find out who is going to be the No. 1 guy.”
A three-star prospect, Smith is among the top 50 wide receivers in the country and top 40 overall prospects in Georgia.