Trey Smith (Photo by Danny Parker)

5-star Trey Smith decides within the week, Alabama to make final pitch

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More accolades pour in for five-star offensive lineman Trey Smith as college programs make their final pitches to him ahead of Tuesday's commitment announcement.

He was in Tuscaloosa for an official visit less than a month ago and returned for an unofficial visit soon after, further entrenching the Alabama Crimson Tide high on Trey Smith's list. The five-star offensive line prospect is coming off of an official visit to Ohio State while in-state TennesseeMississippi and Notre Dame also continue to push for a December 6 commitment. 

Smith will pick his school, participate in the Under Armour All-America Game and enroll at the winning program in January. 

In what is likely his final Tuscaloosa experience before pen meets the proverbial paper, his time on campus last month left another positive impression.

"'Bama is 'Bama," he said with a laugh. "That's free money (referring to UA's play), there's nothing really to say except that they're dominant. Not only in the SEC but in college football. And they will continue to be. 

"The thing that really sticks out about 'Bama is their offensive line play. They're physical maulers. And the weight room, they're making beasts in there."

The official visit itself, taken during the weekend UA routed Mississippi State 51-3 in mid-November, reminded him of part of the reason why the program continues to be considered the best in America.

"I think the coaches were extremely sincere, they're not going to sugarcoat anything, which I respect, a lot," Smith said. "A lot of colleges wanna sales-pitch you, 'you can come here and start.' (Shakes head). Nah, you're gonna work hard everyday (at Alabama), you're going to wake up on time and they're gonna make you a great man from that.

"It was really appealing out there, the culture." 

The Jackson (Tenn.) University School star has taken four of the alotted five official visits prospect are allowed. UT will get the final trip beginning Friday afternoon. But not before what is likely to be UA's final in-person pitch to get the No. 4 offensive tackle in America to join No. 3 Alex Leatherwood as well as four-stars Jedrick WillsElliot Baker and Kendall Randolph along with in-state prospect Hunter Brannon on the gaudy position group within the Crimson Tide's top-ranked recruiting class.

"Alabama is going to meet me for breakfast, then we're going to fly," Smith said. "It will be in Memphis with Coach Billy Napier." 

After the breakfast, the officail visit in Knoxville and a Monday in between, it's about the bright lights of announcing a pledge on national television.

The senior admits he thought he had his mind made up until recently, likely increasing the attention from each school involved.

"Now, I'm not sure," Smith said of a potential lean. "I've just been thinking about it, I think I really need to have the opportunity to sit down and pray. I just need to evaluate all of the variables and make my decision." 

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