St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta, Ga.)
cornerback Geno Smith
committed to Alabama today in an announcement held at his school.
Smith, the nation's No. 18 recruit and No. 2 defensive back chose the Crimson Tide over fellow finalist and rival Auburn, from a pool of dozens of offers.
With the addition of Smith, Alabama jumps to No. 5 in the team recruiting rankings
, giving it the second-strongest class in the SEC behind only Florida.
Michigan, with five Top 100 recruits, retains its hold on the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
Smith joins an already-impressive recruiting class that features standout defenders Eddie Williams
, Dillon Lee
and Reggie Ragland
Earlier today, Smith was named a 2011 Preseason All-American
, joining Ragland as the only Alabama commits to receive such honors.