Smith plans USC stop before season ends

November 1, 2013 

DB DJ Smith of Atlanta is one of the top uncommitted players for 2014. On September 11th he announced a final four of Clemson, USC, Georgia and Tennessee. Entering November, those four remain intact on his board with no favorite and no decision until Signing Day.

Smith is not going to a game this weekend. His last game visit was to Clemson for the Florida State game where he talked extensively with secondary coach Mike Reed and head coach Dabo Swinney. "Coach Reed was telling me he wants to be my coach and I can get a lot of going to Clemson," Smith said. "And coach Swinney was telling me he wants to add me to the family also. Both gave me positive feedback." Smith had been to Clemson before for a game.

As for USC, Smith said he talks to recruiter GA Mangus a lot and gets a lot of mail from the Gamecocks. "They're telling me they are holding that one spot for me at DB," he said. He's not been to USC for a game this season though he visited last June. He plans to get back for either the Florida or Clemson game.

Smith has also been to Georgia for a game and he thinks he'll get to Tennessee. He is not sure he'll take all four official visits and said Clemson is the only certain official visit at this point. No date has been set.

Smith said his finalists are equal and he will evaluate them on "my best fit and playing time. I want to play early to gain some experience and then the next year would be more of a competing year."

This season Smith has 65 tackles and has broken up 5 passes. Because few throw to his side, Smith said he has no picks so far this season. He's also playing running back.

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