Tight End Commits to Hometown Favorite

It was long believed that when Scottsdale Saguaro tight end Max Smith would get an offer an offer from the Sun Devils that he would pledge right away to his dream school. In a matter of just five hours that scenario played out as ASU received its eighth commitment of the 2009 class.

"Coach Erickson called me with an offer at 1:30 today," said Smith. "So I was sitting at home, watching some NFL football and then I sat down with my family and made the decision that I wanted to play at ASU. I called the ASU coaches at about 6:30 to let them know. I know that if I got an offer from a school that I really liked that I was gonna verbal to them right away and focus on hopefully repeating (as state champions)."

"I always wanted to go to ASU. I know they already had one tight end committed and that they would have just one more spot (in the recruiting class). So I wanted to commit right when I got the offer before they give someone else offer and have someone else commit to them."

Smith scored two touchdowns in the big rivalry 21-0 win against Scottsdale Chaparral this past Friday. The tight end was naturally elated with the victory, but even more with the shut out. "It doesn't get much better than that," admitted Smith.

Going into this year, the Sabercats' coaching staff planned to utilize Smith more in the passing game and the three touchdowns he has to date is evidence that these efforts have been effective thus far. "Last year our quarterback Tim Ruben ran the ball a lot, so there were less chances to get involved in the passing game," explained the 6-3 240 Smith. "This year with Cole Rarrick at quarterback we're throwing the ball a lot and I feel that I'm much more in the mix. My blocking and receiving skills are pretty much even. I'm playing both ways, and the only time I come out is on special teams."

The Sabercats are undefeated as the state's #1 4A-1 class team, and are poised to capture another state title. "It's championship or bust," stated Smith. "But we don't want to look ahead. We're just taking the games one by one and hopefully we can win it all in the end."

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