Telvin Smith Announcement: Four Star OLB Selects Florida State Over Georgia

Bryan KellySenior Analyst IFebruary 1, 2010

Florida State kept their stellar recruiting class moving in the right direction today when they secured the commitment of four-star OLB Telvin Smith.

Smith was also considering the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Dawgs were able to convince Smith to visit Athens in the past week, but were unsuccessful in pulling him away from his soft verbal to Florida State.

Smith is FSU's 20th commitment for the 2010 class and their 14th on defense. A year removed from defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews' worst squad with the Noles, next year's defensive unit will have a new coordinator and a boatload of young talent to wipe the slate clean.

Mark Stoops, who served as the Arizona Wildcats' defensive coordinator under his brother Mike, took over for Andrews, who announced his retirement near the end of the Seminoles' 2009 season.

The Bulldogs watched as their second potential commitment of the day slipped through their fingers; DT Jeff Whitaker chose Auburn earlier in the day over the Bulldogs and the Miami Hurricanes.

The bad news just keeps piling up for Georgia and Mark Richt: just a few days ago, Georgia lost four-star OLB Deon Rogers to Louisville. There's a strong indication that four-star corner Nickell Robey will not sign with the Bulldogs on Wednesday, and the Dawgs could also lose star receiver Da'Rick Rogers to Tennessee.

Meanwhile, Florida State appears poised to finish its 2010 class with on an unholy tear. ESPN blogger Heather Dinich predicts the Seminoles could secure up to four commitments from players rated with four or more stars on National Signing Day.

Check in with MaxPreps Signing Day Blog and stay tuned for more news on commitments as the week rolls on.