GT makes it official: Smith leaving for Bills

January, 27, 2010
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Georgia Tech has confirmed that recruiting coordinator Giff Smith has accepted a position as defensive assistant with the Buffalo Bills. Smith will be reunited with former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, who was recently named Buffalo’s head coach.

Smith's decision comes exactly one week before signing day.

"I don’t see any disruption at all," Smith said in a prepared statement. "I told each of the recruits that I talked to that they made the best decision by choosing Georgia Tech."

Smith coached the defensive line during his six years and added the title of recruiting coordinator in 2006. He's right in that his decision won't have a huge impact, if any, on this year's recruiting class, but it could have an impact down the road. Smith made great inroads in the state of Georgia and developed strong relationships with the local high school coaches. It's a significant loss for the program, but not for this year's recruiting class. Not only did the Jackets lose their top defensive lineman from 2009, they also lost their defensive line coach.

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