André Smith Visits

The nation's top offensive lineman, Andre Smith, was one of three five-star recruits in attendance at the Alabama-Florida game in Tuscaloosa Saturday. He enjoyed his visit to The Capstone, but may not be returning for a while.

"It was a great game," said Andre Smith. "I thought the game would be a lot closer than it was. They both have a good offense and a good defense."

"The ball bounced Alabama's way the entire game. They didn't make any mistakes. They didn't have many penalties. I thought the atmosphere was pretty good. I talked to Tim Tebow, Tim Hawthorne and a few other recruits during my visit," Smith added.

The Alabama coaching staff was happy to see their top target in Tuscaloosa to watch Bama maul the Florida Gators, 31-3, in front of a packed house of fans and a large number of high school football prospects, none more important than Smith.

"I talked to Coach [Mike] Shula, Coach [Bob] Connelly, Coach Cheese [Charlie Harbison], the defensive coordinator and the offensive coordinator. They were telling me how much they needed me and how bad they want me to come to Alabama. They were basically saying all the same things they have said before," said Smith.

Many recruits in Tuscaloosa for Saturday's SEC showdown quickly began mentioning the Crimson Tide as one of their top schools as soon as the game ended. For Smith he continues to keep everything under wraps.

"At this time I don't know if or when I will make another visit down to Alabama this season. I will just have to see," he said.

Before Tide fans see those comments as a negative, Smith has been to the Alabama campus on numerous occasions and time is running short to visit other campuses on a game day. Smith will continue to take a hard look at the remaining schools on his list.

"It's still the same schools. I don't know when I will cut some schools off my list. I still have about twelve schools that I am looking at," Smith said.

Smith helped his Birmingham Huffman team defeat Minor 21-20 in double overtime last Friday night. Huffman will host Pell City Friday.


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