Big Week for Two-Sports Alabama QB Prospect

Chris Smelley, 6-2, 205-pound quarterback from American Christian Academy in Northport, finished off an incredible week with a fine performance at the combine in New Orleans on Saturday.

Smelley attended the combine after leading American Christian to the state championship in baseball where he received the MVP award.

"We won back-to-back state championships," Chris Smelley said. "It went great, and I won MVP of the finals. It was awesome. We had a great team from last year and it was a neat experience. We ended on a high note. It felt good to win the MVP award. I had two home runs in the first game. The honor goes to the whole team. They put me in a position to win the award."

Smelley has explored the possibility of playing both football and baseball in college.

"I am not sure if I will play both sports," he said. "I really enjoy the sport I am playing at the time. A few schools who are recruiting me have said I could play both sports. It's an option for me."

On Saturday, Smelley went to New Orleans to participate in the combine. "I thought the combine went great," he said. "I didn't do all the testing because I had caught two days in the state finals. I threw a lot in the one-on-one drills. I felt like I did okay."

Smelley is now holding three offers. "I currently have offers from LSU, Tulane, and Memphis," Smelley said. "I feel like Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson may be close to offering me. I think if I can prove myself to them at summer camp, then I will receive a few offers."

Playing baseball throughout the spring has its pros and cons for the small school. This year, American Christian won the state baseball championship, but did not have football spring training.

Smelley said, "We didn't have spring training this year due to baseball. We had a lot of guys playing baseball, so we ended up not having it. This summer, we will have voluntary work-outs. I know we will be alright and ready to play this fall."

Despite football spring training not taking place, several college coaches did make a visit to American Christian during spring evaluation.

"Coaches from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU, and Georgia Tech have all visited this spring," Smelley said. "I received calls from coaches from all of those schools as well."

Smelley grew up only a few miles away from the Alabama campus. He always dreamed of playing at Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the Alabama coaching staff has not expressed as much interest as other schools.

"Alabama really hasn't been recruiting me that hard. They tend to wait on guys around the area. I am still very interested in Alabama, but I don't have any favorites right now. I am just enjoying myself. I am open to the whole process. I will probably have my choices narrowed down by the end of the summer," Smelley said.

Smelley plans to attend summer camps at Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and South Carolina.

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