Smith returns home for ASU Spring Game

Among the prospects visiting Arizona State for its recent Spring Game was Louisiana tight end Irvin Smith, who is originally from Scottsdale.

Arizona native Irvin Smith returned home to attend Arizona State's Spring game earlier this month and gave the experience high marks.

Smith, who moved to Louisiana three years ago from Scottsdale and attends Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, said that even though he'd grown up in the shadow of ASU, he'd never really soaked in the full experience.

"It was awesome," Smith said. "I was a little familiar with the campus but I never really walked around it and saw everything and it's really nice and what they're doing with the football program is awesome. It was cool, I could definitely see myself playing there one day. The people, the atmosphere, it was all great."

A 6-foot-4, 235 pound tight end prospect, Smith said he's getting a better feel for the ASU offense and thinks it's a great fit.

"They use the tight end more than pretty much everyone in the country," Smith said. "They just need the person to do it and I could be that person one day possibly. I talked to (tight ends) coach (Chip) Long and he showed me a bunch of film and stuff and how they want to use me and I love it."

Smith is already excited about re-visiting The Valley in July, and wants to spend more time on his next trip. He's planning to spend a week in town to see his grandparents and friends and spend more time at ASU with coaches.

In addition to ASU, Smith said he has scholarship offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Miami, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky, with a lot more schools activity recruiting him.

"ASU is definitely one of my high interest schools," Smith said. "I haven't really narrowed too many schools down and am going on visits so I can do that but it's definitely among my top schools.

"I'm going to Texas next weekend, Alabama after spring football, not sure on others right now. I was at LSU this past weekend and am doing a lot of visiting schools and stuff."

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