Smith's Huge UA Visit

Official visit to Arkansas leaves a good impression on River Ridge (La.) John Curtis secondary star P.J. Smith (6-2, 200, 4.6).

It's clear that the word that most comes to mind for River Ridge (La.) John Curtis safety P.J. Smith when talking about his visit to the University of Arkansas is huge.

"I had a great time," Smith said Monday afternoon. "The stadium was huge, the weight room was really huge and like the biggest in the country, the locker rooms were huge and even the dorms were huge. I was really impressed with how huge everything was and how the city was nice and all the people were so friendly."

Smith (6-2, 200, 4.6) is a hard-hitting safety that has now visited Arkansas, Nebraska and Baylor and is scheduled to visit Southern Miss this weekend.

"I am supposed to go to Southern Miss this weekend, but Purdue and TCU are trying to get me to go there instead," Smith said. "We'll just see."

Smith had 84 tackles this season, 4 interceptions – two of which he took back for touchdowns – and several pass deflections for a 12-2 team that won a state championship.

He was impressed with the UA coaches he got to know this weekend and they let him know that they were looking for a few good men in the secondary.

"The coaches really know what they are doing and that really came across," Smith said. "They talked to me about how they were looking for someone who could come in and cover and deliver some big hits. They were not promising anything, but said that if I came in and produce there was playing time there for me. They said I could get out on the field and maybe even start if I proved I deserved to do so."

Asked to assess the race for his signature, Smith didn't want to name a favorite.

"I really don't want to say that this team is the leader right now or that team," Smith said. "I just want to take this last visit and then I will sit down and look for the Xs and Os of things. I am just taking it day-by-day."

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