D.J. Smith does it all for Marietta (Ga.) Walton High, and he has had to shoulder more of the offensive load of late with the team's standout running back – Alabama commit Tyren Jones – nursing a knee injury. Heading into Round 1 of the 6A playoffs in the Peach State means more carries for Smith, who is already considered a four-star defensive back in the class of 2014.
"I don't feel any additional pressure, just pressure to play better," he said of his increased role on both sides of the ball.
While Jones remains out, Walton did get back senior quarterback Parker McLeod, who is also committed to Alabama. Smith doesn't hold an offer from the defending BCS champs just yet, but they're right in the thick of it for his commitment at this time.
Of the three, only UA hasn't offered him. But it's not for a lack of contact.
"I'm talking to coach Lance Thompson at least once a week," said Smith. "He usually asks me how me and my team are doing, just checking in on me. We haven't really talked about them offering me, but I fell like I'll get an offer sooner or later."
The SEC is the conference the four-star junior envisions himself in, especially because of the championship pedigree.
"Well Alabama is the best right now so it would mean a lot," he said of an offer. "It's hard to get an offer from them, so my hard work would pay off."
And when Smith isn't thinking about Alabama, at least one of his teammates reminds him of the storied program.
"Tyren does," he said with a laugh. "He is always telling me ‘Roll Tide' and ‘there's no place better than ‘Bama.'"
Smith, who admitted that he has thought about playing with his current teammates in college at ‘Bama, doesn't currently have a timetable for a decision. He is ranked as the No. 13 cornerback in America in the class of 2014.