QB Attends Tide Practice

The first week of Alabama's practice ended with a session Saturday morning at Bryant-Denny Stadium. <b>Chris Smelley</b>, from American Christian, was one of many junior prospects in attendance. Smelley is one of the top quarterbacks in the south and has been a regular visitor on the Alabama campus.

"I went to Alabama's practice yesterday. They are looking good. I was mainly watching the quarterbacks. I talked to Coach Rader for a while. I spoke with Coach Shula for just a second," said Chris Smelley.

While most of the attention is focused on the return of Alabama quarterback, Brodie Croyle, Smelley was looking at one of the back-ups with a bright future.

"Brodie Croyle looked really good. He's got a cannon. John Parker Wilson looked really good as well."

Alabama's offensive coordinator spent time with the hometown quarterback during his unofficial visit. Smelley met his recruiting coach during Alabama's Junior Day.

"I talked to Coach Rader for a while Saturday . I like him a lot. He is a great guy. I was able to meet my recruiting coach, Coach Sparky Woods, last weekend on Junior Day. I enjoyed spending time with him. He is a fun guy to be around. They let all the quarterbacks know what the are looking for and what qualities they want in a quarterback," said Smelley.

Junior Day in Tuscaloosa saw approximately 175 prospects arrive on campus for a day filled with activities. The prospects also enjoyed the basketball game between Alabama and South Carolina.

"I was there last weekend. It was great. There were a lot of good looking prospects there. We had a great time. I was planning to attend the LSU Junior Day, but something came up. I am planning to attend Auburn's Junior Day (March 5)."

Four schools are showing strong interest in the Tuscaloosa native.

 "It's mainly been Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Mississippi State," said Smelley. "Alabama is still sending me the most mail, right now. I have not received an offer yet. Hopefully, after a few summer camps, I will receive a few offers."

Currently any school is up for grabs. All Smelley wants is a chance to play at the next level.

"I really don't have a top school right now. I am interested in any school. I want to go somewhere I will be able to play and make a difference," said Smelley.

When asked about summer camps, Smelley replied, "I am definitely going to the Alabama and Auburn camp. I am probably going to the LSU camp."

Smelly talked about improvements and said, "The main thing I would like to improve, is my footwork and arm strength. I am a good leader, and I have great confidence."

Note of Interest: Smelley is the starting catcher for American Christian. The team is 3-0, and has defeated powerhouses Hartselle and Fayette.

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