By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak
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.
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