October 6, 2008

Smelter visits UGA, then UGA visits him

2010 athlete DeAndre Smelter visited Georgia a little over a week ago for the Blackout and just days after he spent time in Athens, the Dawgs paid him a visit.

"I got to go over to Georgia for the Alabama game and it was a great environment," said Smelter. "I had been wanting to visit Georgia for a while and it was great over there."

"Even though Georgia didn't win, the atmosphere was unbelievable. It was my first time to Georgia as a recruit and I had a great time."

The 6-foot-2, 210 pound athlete out of middle Georgia spent some time with a couple of Georgia coaches while he was on their campus.

"I talked to Coach [John] Lilly and Coach [Mark] Richt when I got there. They both told me that Georgia was interested in me, they said they liked how I played, and they just told me to keep my grades up."

Just days after visiting Athens, Coach Lilly left Athens to check on Smelter at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon. That visit meant a lot to the junior.

"He did come by our school and then he stopped by and watched us practice," said Smelter. "It feels good and I felt blessed that he took his time to come see me. I think I had a pretty good practice, but it was great to see him watching me."

So far this season, Smelter has helped Tattnall get out to a 6-0 record. Coach Barnery Hester has moved him all over the field, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

"Coach Hester really spreads me around on offense. I have played some quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. It is more spot play and he puts at different positions certain plays on offense. On defense, I stay at safety."

"My best game so far has probably been against Westfield when I had two touchdowns on offense and I had a forced fumble on defense. I have had a pretty good season so far."

After football is over, Smelter jumps right into basketball, but his best sport could be baseball. He helped Tattnall Square to the State Championship last year with his blazing 95 mph fastball from the mound.

He has yet to pick up an offer in football, but he is hearing from schools like Georgia, Auburn, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and much of the ACC and SEC.

Those schools have to wonder about baseball too. Both in-state schools are showing interest in Smetler as a baseball prospect as well. He currently has one favorite school and one favorite sport.

"I really like Georgia a lot right now," admitted Smelter. "Their fans were great last week and I have a lot of interest in them."

"They are also recruiting me in baseball and that is probably my first choice to play in college. I really want to settle on one sport, but I really like football and baseball. I am not sure what I am going to do yet."

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