Monday, January 26, 2009

Future Bulldog: Branden Smith

When Asher Allen announced his intentions to leave Georgia early for the NFL draft, a major hole was left at the cornerback position. One of the contenders to replace Allen will be true freshman Branden Smith.

Smith is an extremely athletic corner who checks in with good size (5'11'') and lightning fast speed (clocked 4.28 in the 40). He has been rated a five star recruit by both Rivals and Scout and is considered to be one of the top 30 prospects in the entire nation. As a junior in high school, his 10.62 time in the 100 meter run earned him the nickname, "The Fastest Man in Atlanta".

While Smith is expected to play corner at Georgia, he played both sides of the ball during his senior year and also provided electricity in the return game. As a wide receiver, Smith had 32 catches for 1,085 yards. That is an insane 33.9 yards per reception, which is a testament to his speed. At his primary position of corner, he tallied 50 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries. He also added 5 touchdown returns on special teams.

Smith's speed should allow him to fit comfortably into the Georgia defensive backfield. He will need to add strength and weight to help jam some of the larger receivers that he will see in the SEC. I expect Smith to see ample playing time for the Dawgs in 2009 and most likely be a starter by the end of the season (much like Rennie Curran two years ago.) I really like this kid and I forgot to mention that he chose the Dawgs on national TV over the Gators:

1 comment:

Earl said...

As long as we have somebody to cover Dez Bryant in Game 1 in Stillwater...not too sure we have that right now.

We'll see. Go Dawgs.