Smith earns offer, commits on the spot

Alabama is looking to make a big impact in Louisiana during the 2014 cycle, and it got started early by offering big defensive tackle O.J. Smith on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 320 pounder says he committed to Nick Saban on the spot.

Not many prospects get compared to elite players in the NFL Draft by Nick Saban, but that's exactly what Alabama's most recent commitment said went down on Friday.

Bossier City (La.) Airline defensive tackle O.J. Smith said he was offered by Alabama and committed to Saban on the spot.

"I just did it," he said Friday morning. "He (Saban) was so happy!

"He said I'm the most explosive defensive tackle since Marcell Dareus and he's been looking all over and I'm the best he has seen."

Prior to Friday, the interest between the defending national champs and the 6-foot-2, 320-pounder had been only preliminary but the offer put things over the top.

"Alabama is a great fit," said Smith. "It's just the defensive scheme there; and everything felt so good.

"It's something me and my family have talked about for months."

Currently an unranked prospect on FOX Sports NEXT/, Smith held offers from Mississippi State, Texas, Southern Miss, Louisiana and Hawaii and others before Alabama entered the mix and landed him soon after offering.

He is the sixth straight defensive commitment in the class of 2014 for Alabama, now with prospects from four different states in the class. The rising senior, who projects as a 3-technique initially, added that he will make a trip to Tuscaloosa "soon."

"I love it there," he said. "I love it all. The people, the places, everything there is great.

"I'm from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I moved when I was seven."

While Smith didn't grow up a fan of the Crimson Tide, his father did.

"His mind was blown," he said of the offer and subsequent commitment. "He was more excited than I was today."

Smith's junior highlights are available below.

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