"He's such a force to be reckoned with'

Brad Smelley has signed and faxed his letter of intent to the University of Alabama. Smelley and his coach give Scout.com a signing day story.

Brad Smelley
6-3, 215, QB/WR
American Christian Academy (Tuscaloosa)
Scout.com two-star recruit

Why Alabama?: "I think it's great. It's really a great thing for this program. It seems like it's better now than it's ever been," Smelley said.

On coach Nick Saban as a recruiter: "I like him a lot. He seems like a great guy, and I know he is a great coach."

Coach Stephen Hooks: "Alabama is getting a lot of commits this year that can play a lot of different positions, but there's probably not anybody more versatile than Brad has been high school."

"A lot of that just flows out of his drive to compete and his tenacity. So on the defensive side of the ball we've played him everywhere from a stand-up D-end to an outside rush linebacker to middle linebacker to our strong safety/free safety/corner."

"He's such a force to be reckoned with that we tried to use him in a way where we could always match him up with whoever the best athlete was on the other side of the ball."

"I think that the thing that drew coach [Nick] Saban to him was the fact that he's just a football player, very physical, very tenacious and a competitor."

"He's got a frame that he can really go a couple of different ways for them. He could probably carry 250-260 pounds, and still be just as quick and just as fast and keep his lateral movement as he does now."

"It gives them a real luxury they have the ability, and they are not sure if he will wind up on the offensive side or defensive side, possibly get a shot at being on special teams packages for next year."

"I think he'll compete for anything they will let him compete for. That's just the kind of kid he is."

"He's a great young man and has just sterling character, and he plays out of that. He's very quiet now. He doesn't say a whole lot. He's a fierce competitor, but he didn't talk or run his mouth."

"He's been one of those rare kids that elevates the level of play of those that are around them, but he doesn't have to yell at people. They knew what they were going to get out of him."

"There wasn't anything for me to have to get on him in practice. Every now and then because we may be doing just some inside zone drills, and every time I look up he's 40 yards downfield which I appreciate the effort, but we needed to get on with our practice. That's just him and his personality."

"He's going to give you everything that he's got, and he's going to elevate the level of play of those around him."

Bio: Smelley threw for 3,022 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior. He also rushed for 626 yards and 13 touchdowns while on defense he recorded 124 tackles. Smelley was awarded All-State by the ASWA as their athlete for region 2A. Smelley was named West Alabama All-Star by The Tuscaloosa News and 2A Player of the Year.

Smelley excels in two sports and will play football and baseball for Alabama. He completed 183-of-264 passes for 2,611 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2006. He plays shortstop for American Christian batting .511 for his junior season with 11 home runs.

Analysis: Smelley is a terrific athlete who was recruited to play H-back. He has great knowledge of the game, but will need to get stronger and bigger and could become an early contributer on special teams. He is underrated due to playing several positions on his high school team which will benefit him on the next level.


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