ASU Recruit Joey Smith

They say there's no place like home. So when the local South Mountain high school safety Joey Smith was recruited by Arizona State in his junior year, Joey was "excited to be recruited by the home team."

Smith was open tough to go out of state. He seriously considered USC, and Utah, and actually took a visit to the later school. Nevertheless it all came back to wanting to be close to home. Another factor in the safety's decision to attend ASU was academics. "The biggest reason I wanted to go to ASU was the academics. I want to be an architect, and Arizona State has a good architecture school. When I visited the school, I liked the team a lot. That also was a big reason." Smith is one of several local high school recruits who will be freshmen on the Football team. However, he and fellow safety Jason Shivers are the only two ASU freshmen who played on the same high school team. "Jason and I are a package deal. We were going to play in the same college, even if it was out of state." The coaching change at ASU did make Smith think about de-committing to ASU, and maybe playing out of state. But once coach Koetter told him that the safety was still in the team's plans, which was enough for Smith to keep his commitment to ASU.

At high school Joey Smith was a two-way starter who played running back (rushed for 900 yards and 16 touchdowns), and Defensive end, along with the safety position. "I don't think I have any weaknesses. My strength is tackling, and I think I'm more of a strong tackler than a finesse player. On the field I'm a vocal person. I'm very motivated and I'm a hard worker." When Smith's coach was asked about Joey's character, he was quoted saying: "He's a high moral kid, who won't get into trouble off the field." On the weekdays the safety lifts weights with the rest of the ASU Football. Although the conditioning program is very demanding, Smith does like it. But more than anything else: "I feel good being with the other players and being part of the team."

Being able to successfully recruit your home state is always a commendable accomplishment for a coaching staff. Looking at the list of ASU's recruits, the school has done an impressive job making sure that it lands he best recruits from the Phoenix metro area. Joey Smith is one of those fine local recruits who decided that playing near home was the right decision to make, and not only for Football reasons. The last few seasons the Sun Devils have started a fine tradition at the safety position with players like Al Williams and Willie Daniel. Joey Smith's would love to step into that role and have that tradition continue right here in his hometown.

Recruit Profile

Name: Joey Smith
High School: South Mountain, Phoenix
Position: Safety
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195
Date of Birth: 3/19/83
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Nickname: Joe Dog
Favorite TV Show: The Simpsons
Favorite Movie: Pearl Harbor
Favorite Singer: Snoop Dog & Dr. Dre
Favorite Food: Enchiladas
Favorite Drink: Sprite
Favorite Athlete: Barry Sanders
Favorite Pro Team: Detroit Lions
Person you most admire: My Mom. She taught me always to want to be the best
First Football Memory: At age 9 I tackled another kid so hard he was crying
One Thing most people don't know about me: Off the field I'm shy and quiet
Why did you choose ASU? Close to home
Where do you want to be in ten years? I want to be an architect

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