First trip a good one for Smitherman

Maurice Smitherman is one of the hotter junior prospects in the South, going from seeking his initial offer in mid-June to holding double-digit offers. On Saturday, he took his first trip to the campus at the University of Alabama.

Maurice Smitherman picked up a pair of offers en route to visiting Alabama on Saturday for the program's final scrimmage of fall camp as Texas A&M and Appalachian State came through for him.

It pushed the 2015 Adamsville (Ala.) Minor cornerback prospect to 11 offers early in the process, but the day's focus was what he saw in Tuscaloosa. He was visiting the national champs for the first time.

"It was great," he said of the scrimmage. "Reuben Foster and Tyren Jones stood out. Foster had a couple of big hits and Jones ran the ball good."

But the junior standout kept his eyes on the Crimson Tide secondary more than most.

"I was watching Deion Belue," he admitted. "He has great cover skills and good reaction, too. And I really like Chris Black, too. He was at wide receiver.

"It went great, I loved the scrimmage. That was my first time there."

Upon arriving on campus, Smitherman was already impressed.

"The first wow was seeing the stadium," he said. "We went on the field and watched the scrimmage, and they showed us around the complex. They showed us the game room, that's what I liked the most. They had the pool tables, so the players can relax and stuff.

"After, I saw Xzavier Dickson, Brandon Hill and Chris Black. They were just telling me to keep up the good work and stuff."

Another current player, Christion Jones, also hails from Minor High School.

"Seeing Chris Jones from Minor, that tells you anybody can make it," said the junior. "You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it."

Smitherman didn't get to speak with Nick Saban while on campus, but he did meet two assistants for the first time.

"I talked to the DB coach (Greg Brown) and Coach [Mario] Crsitobal," he added. "They were happy to see me on campus and glad I liked the facilities. They both said they said they'll come see me in the fall.

"It makes me feel like they want me."

Admitting that an offer from the champs is one he "would love to have," the 5-foot-8, 160-pound speedster has more to like about the program after Saturday.

"I really like them, but now there's more that I love about 'Bama now," he explained. "The program, the winning, competing for a championship every year...

"I'm just going to ball out every game."


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