Smith gets better feel for 'Bama

Josh Smith had been to Tuscaloosa before Saturday's big junior day, but not as a prospect. With a verbal scholarship offer from Alabama in hand during this trip to campus, the three-star got a better feel for the program as a whole but he says the best part was his time with Nick Saban.

The state of Tennessee has one of the better groups of class of 2015 prospects and Alabama has taken notice. It has offers in to several Volunteer State juniors, including Josh Smith, who made his first trip to Tuscaloosa as a prospect on Saturday.

The versatile Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland three-star linebacker spent time with fellow Tennessee prospect Cameron Ordway, who picked up an offer, on the trip. Smith learned of his offer a few weeks beforehand, so the goal of the visit was to learn more about the college vibe and program in Tuscaloosa.

"It was great, we had a really good time," he said. "I got a better feeling of the campus, coaching staff and head coach Nick Saban."

A one-on-one meeting with Saban was quickly pointed out as the best part of the day by Smith.

"We talked academics, life after football, and programs set up to help form players into successful men in life as well as preparing them for it," he said. "It felt great, it was a blessing and meant a lot that he took the time out of his day to have a sit-down with me and my family.

"It really talks volumes."

The goal for the Smith family was accomplished despite being one of dozens of prospects and families in town looking to better acclimate themselves with the Alabama program.

"Probably the main thing was that (time with Saban), but I overall got a better feeling for the coaching staff and campus," Smith said. "As well as the academic standpoint.

"It was a nice campus and I was pleased with the effort and time put into academic support. It's available if so needed with hard studies or help with management of time and work load."

With offers from both in-state SEC schools on top of additional extensions from Auburn, Penn State, Duke and many others in addition to the Crimson Tide, the recruiting process as a whole remains in its early stages for Smith.

"I'm still in that process of narrowing down, but I was pleased with what I came out with on today's visit," he said. "I'll start to narrow it down (soon) and visits will help the process of that."

Smith, currently pegged as the No. 26 outside linebacker prospect nationally by Scout.com, says he has no current timetable for a decision.


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