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Geno Matias-Smith, SS

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 192 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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2013 Season
Played in 12 games in a reserve role in the secondary ... a backup at the star position (nickel back) and free safety ... registered 10 tackles with four pass breakups. Colorado State: Recorded his first tackle of the season, a solo stop, in 31-6 victory over the Rams. Georgia State: Made two tackles and knocked down a pass in extended work at safety against the Panthers. Kentucky: Registered his second pass defended of the season against the Wildcats. Arkansas: Recorded a careerhigh three solo tackles off the bench against the Razorbacks. Mississippi State: Logged one solo tackle and a pass breakup in the Crimson Tide victory. Chattanooga: Made two tackles in a reserve role at safety and as the Tide's dime defender ... broke up his fourth pass of the season and added half of a tackle for loss (1 yard) ... garnered Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week accolades. Auburn: Came off the bench to made one assisted tackle that was for a loss of one yard.
2012 Season
Has played in 12 games and earned two starts as a true freshman, recording eight tackles with three solo stops ... also has broken up two passes. Arkansas: Recorded two solo tackles against the Razorbacks. Florida Atlantic: Assisted on two tackles in win over the Owls. Tennessee: Assisted on one tackle in the victory against the Vols. Mississippi State: Assisted on one tackle in the win against the Bulldogs. Western Carolina: Assisted on one tackle in the shutout win. Auburn: Assisted on a two-yard tackle for loss in the shutout win in the Iron Bowl shutout win. Georgia: Broke up a pass as starter in the SEC Championship Game.
High School
The Atlanta-area star out of St. Pius X is a consensus four-star talent ... ESPNU has tabbed Smith as the nation's second-best cornerback and the No. 31 player in the 2012 ESPNU 150 ... also the No. 16 prospect in the ESPNU Southeast Top 100 and the No. 3 player in the state of Georgia ... 247sports.com rates him as the No. 66 player in the Top247, the No. 6 cornerback and the No. 5 player in the state ... ranked 88th in the Rivals100 and the service's No. 8 corner as well as the No. 4 talent in Georgia ... Scout.com has him at No. 8 among cornerbacks ... SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 3 player in the state of Georgia ... also SuperPrep's No. 10 defensive back (corners and safeties) prospect ... No. 66 on the PrepStar Dream Team.PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... PrepStar's No. 5 defensive back ... a two-time first-team GSWA AAA All-State selection ... Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 ... MaxPrep 2011 U.S. Air Force Medium Schools All-American ... No. 23 in Tom Lemming's MaxPreps Top 100 and the No. 2 cornerback ... No. 18 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... as a senior in 2011, Smith accounted for 80 tackles, three interceptions and over 800 yards rushing on offense ... had eight interceptions as a junior and 14 pass breakups while making 47 tackles, three picks and 10 pass breakups as a sophomore in 2009 ... coached by Paul Standard at St. Pius X ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Southern California, Arkansas, Stanford and Georgia Tech.
Player News
03/28/2015 - Alabama DB Geno Smith charged with DUI...Alabama senior defensive back Geno Smith was arrested Friday night and charged with driving under the influence, Smith's second DUI charge in three years. Both al.com and the Tuscaloosa News reported the arrest, citing Tuscaloosa County sheriff's Office records. Bond has reportedly been set at $1,000. Smith's previous DUI offense came in August 2013, before his sophomore season. Nick Saban said at the time that the arrest "is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players." An Atlanta native, Smith transitioned from corner to safety entering the 2014 season and appeared in all 14 games for Alabama last fall, finishing fifth on the team with 54 tackles. He has been expected to move into the starting lineup in 2015 following the departures of previous safety starters Landon Collins and Nick Perry. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

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