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Smith to play at Alabama
August 17th, 2011

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St. Pius X Catholic High School senior cornerback Geno Smith announced today that he would sign a letter-of-intent to play collegiately at the University of Alabama. The announcement was made at 3:15pm in the Young Center on the campus at St. Pius X.

Smith said, “I just felt really comfortable at [Alabama]. I knew I wanted to play at a high level, and also become a broadcaster after college. Alabama has a great school [for broadcasting]. It was just the perfect situation.”

Smith is rated the #2 cornerback in the nation and is 31st -rated player in the ESPNU Top 150. Rivals.com listed him as the fourth best cornerback, and the 47th-ranked prospect in the country. Smith was also recently named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 team.

St. Pius X head coach Paul Standard said, “Not only is Alabama getting an outstanding football player, but they are getting an outstanding young man. We are so proud of Geno and happy for him and his family.”

Smith led the Golden Lions with seven interceptions during the 2010 season, returning one for a touchdown. He also rushed for 752 yards and eight touchdowns in his dual role as a wingback, as St. Pius X reached the second round of the state playoffs finishing the season ranked #5 in the state in AAA.

“I knew that I wanted to make the decision and get it over with before the season started, so that I could focus on my school work, football and just have fun my last year,” said Smith.

St. Pius X opens the 2011 season August 26 at Westminster.

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