Wide open much of the year on his favorites heading into the homestretch of the recruiting season, Huffman High's Andre Smith says that the trip went very well and the Tigers are definitely in the hunt.
"It was a great experience," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I had fun watching two in-state teams battle for a victory. Luckily Auburn won this year. I hate to see a game like that (lopsided) because it was getting good towards the end when Alabama was trying to make a run.
"Overall I had a great time," he adds. "I got to meet with my position coach (Hugh Nall) and my recruiting coach (Terry Price). Unfortunately I didn't get to meet with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville. The crowd was pretty loud. That stood out to me."
Smith blocks in last year's Alabama Junior All-Star game in Troy.
A 6-5, 315 monster offensive tackle with great speed and a killer instinct, Smith has offers from just about every major program in the country. For a long time he chose not to narrow things down at all, but says that he's worked his list down to a final nine heading into December.
The nation's top-ranked team and back-to-back national champions, USC is a high-profile program to any kid in the country at the moment. Smith says he's anxious to see the program and how it stacks up to some he's visited already.
"I'm ready to see the atmosphere, how the coaches act on the field and how the players act," Smith says. "I want to look for my major (Sports Law) and also check out their FCA program."
Smith says that he's not sure which four schools will get his remaining visits before signing day in February. One thing is for sure and that is one weekend will be taken up because of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January. Named to the team along with Auburn commitment Bart Eddins, Smith says he's looking forward to representing the state in the game.
Smith and his Viking teammates are finished with their season after losing in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs to Bob Jones 14-8. Despite the disappointment he says that overall he had a good season.
"I think I played fairly well," Smith says. "I made myself better as far as pass blocking. I guess I had a complete year, but I wasn't worried about myself. I was more worried about the team."
Because of his desire to help his team, recruiting, and his work in school, things could have been very busy this fall for Smith. Unlike post players in his position though that wasn't the case because of parents that chose to keep him as grounded as possible during the season.
"It has been fairly easy for me," Smith says. "My mom and dad screened all my phone calls. When I was doing my homework I couldn't talk to web sites and things like that. That helped a lot."