Smith Nears Decision

The nation's top rated offensive lineman made two unofficial visits Labor Day weekend. Andre Smith, from Huffman High School, visited the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa on Saturday and took an unofficial visit to Tallahassee on Monday to see Florida State defeat Miami. Smith discusses the two games and trimming his list of favorites.

"It was a real good experience," Andre Smith said of the Florida State-Miami game. "The crowd was real loud. The game is the greatest rivalry at this time. I really enjoyed watching the linebackers from Florida State."

"I liked watching the offensive lineman (Eric) Winston of Miami. He is one of the best lineman in the country. It was just an overall great experience. It was a top flight visit," Smith added.

When the game ended, Smith went into the locker room to speak with the excited Florida State coaches and players.

"I talked to Coach Bobby Bowden, Coach Mark McHale and Coach Jeff Bowden. I actually met all of the coaches. They were all very excited and happy about the big win over Miami. I talked to a few of the players as well. I talked mostly to David Castillo, the center. He was a nice guy," Smith said.

After Smith's visit to Seminole territory, Florida State will likely make the final cut for the five star's signature when he narrows his list later this week.

"Florida State has a lot of history," he said. "They take pride in their program. They had the first offensive lineman taken in the draft last year. The coaches are going to make you work really hard."

Though Bowden would like to land the nation's top offensive lineman, the tough task remains of pulling Smith out-of-state. Smith is wide open in his recruitment, but Alabama should remain in the mix until signing day.

"I thought the game at Alabama was great," said Smith. "I really enjoyed watching both defenses. I watched Jonathan Bonner for Middle Tennessee. He played at Huffman, and I think he ended up with 15 tackles in the game."

"Alabama is a great program. They have the best offensive lineman in the NFL in Chris Samuels who plays for the Washington Redskins. They have great tradition, twelve national championships and unbelievable fan support," Smith added.

Smith witnessed Alabama's need for offensive lineman during Saturday's game, and the Alabama coaching staff let him know he is needed.

"I talked to Coach Mike Shula, Coach Bob Connelly, Coach Charlie Harbison and the defensive coordinator Joe Kines. I talked to everybody. They were all telling me how they could use me right now. They said if I committed it would make their day," Smith said.

The nation's number two overall prospect plans to take an unofficial visit this weekend, and he will make a big decision towards the end of the week as well.

"I am going to narrow my list down probably on Friday," he said. "I don't know how many schools I will have on my list, but it won't be twelve. I am trying to decide where I will go this weekend. I am not sure where, but I know I will visit somewhere."

When asked if he has scheduled any official visits Smith replied, 'No, not at this time."

Huffman (0-2) will travel Friday to Clay-Chalkville (1-1).


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