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UGA commit ready to see Michigan for second time

Michigan had Smith on campus early in 2017 before he made his commitment to Georgia.
Christopher Smith

Some Georgia fans were surprised when they heard this week that Christopher Smith was taking an official visit to Michigan this weekend.

While the four-star cornerback out of College Park (Ga.) Hapeville Charter remains committed to the Bulldogs, he has quietly continued to communicate with the Wolverines.

When Smith committed to Georgia on May 1 (his birthday), Michigan was one of his top three schools. The No. 15-ranked cornerback in the country visited Ann Arbor (Mich.) March 29th and he is ready to get back.

"This is my first time going to see a game [at Michigan] so I want to see what the atmosphere is like on game day," said Smith.

"When I was up there the first time, Michigan detailed how they could help me the years after my time there. They have me and excellent mix of athletics and academics and the tradition at Michigan is up there with the best.

"Coach [Jim] Harbaugh has always been very genuine with me and my family too, so I like that a lot. My parents will be with me this weekend and we are excited about the visit."

Smith keeps to himself much of the time and he does not look for attention with his recruitment, so not many know how often he and the Michigan coaches have communicated since he has been on the Georgia commitment list.

It has not been just one, but multiple Wolverine coaches have been staying in contact with Rivals 250 talent. That combined with their play on the field has kept Go Blue on his mind.

"There a collection of coaches that stay in touch with me and they put me in a group chat, so I talk to a lot of them," said Smith. "We talk anywhere from one to three times a week.

"The way Michigan has stayed on me since they started recruiting me and the type of season they are having has kept them in the picture for me."

The Georgia coaches are aware of Smith heading north this weekend and they were understanding about it. The Dawgs have done nothing wrong to lead to Smith taking a second look at Michigan — they have actually done a lot right.

He is not ready to completely shut the door on Harbaugh's program yet though.

"My relationship with Georgia is getting stronger and I am still strong with my commitment to them.

" I still want to see what Michigan has to offer because I’ve only been up there once. This will be a second look for me. I want to see it one more time."