Arizona export seriously considering ASU

Arizona State is actively pursuing a Louisiana tight end prospect who only in the last several years moved to the state from his native Arizona.

Irvin Smith lives in New Orleans, but he has roots in Arizona.

“I moved to New Orleans my ninth grade year so I was in Arizona my whole life before that,” Smith said. “So like that’s my second home really. So I mean, going back there would be a great thing.”

Smith is a tight end prospect from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, but is originally from Scottsdale. He has been offered a scholarship by Arizona State.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end said he has 10 scholarship offers. ASU and Miami headline his list in addition to other schools including Tulane, Southern Mississippi and Arkansas State.

Besides growing up in Arizona, he still has family in the state. He said his father, grandparents and one of his best friends live there currently. His older sister, Ciera Matamoros, graduated from ASU.

Smith will have a chance to visit his family when he flies to Tempe later in the spring. He said he is making an unofficial visit to campus the second weekend of April to watch the spring game.

Smith said his family was happy for him when he got an offer from ASU.

“My mom was almost more excited than I was because she loves Arizona too,” Smith said.

Besides ASU, Smith intends on visiting Miami March 26. He said he is also going to make a trip to Alabama in April and visit a spring practice at LSU.

Smith is being recruited by ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and tight ends coach Chip Long. Smith said he is interested in what the coaches have told him about the 3-back (h-back) position at ASU so far.

“I really like it,” Smith said. “They run like a similar offense to what my high school does in Louisiana. My high school coach knows coach Norvell pretty well so they talk a lot and he thinks I’m a perfect fit for the H-back position. So it’s a big honor.”

The 3-back position at ASU is a very versatile position. It has to line up all over the field.

As a tight end at Brother Martin, Smith is used to playing with his hand on the ground and being split out in the slot.

“I do a lot of both,” Smith said. “We do a lot of two tight end stuff at my school and so I’m more of like the H-back tight end…It depends really on the formation if I’m on the line or if I’m off. But, it’s probably about 50-50 I’m off and on.”

Smith went to the LSU and Tulane junior days earlier this year. He said he is also participating in the Nike Opening combine March 28th in New Orleans. He also plans on attending a camp at Notre Dame this summer.

Smith said he has not narrowed his list of choices this early in his recruitment. He wants to visit more schools and build a better relationship with coaches.

Smith made it clear that he does not want to commit and then de-commit later on.

He had to admit his sister would not mind seeing her brother in maroon and gold.

“She’s pushing for it a little bit, but she wants me to make the best decision for me and my family,” Smith said.

Smith should field other scholarship offers from schools in the future. But, early in the process he does have some interest in Arizona State.

“I think it’s a great school, a great university, a great program,” Smith said. “I could definitely see myself playing for them. The process it’s all starting right now. I mean, it started a little while ago. But, everything is happening so fast. I’d just like to visit other schools and see. But, I love the university and what it has to offer.”


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