It was a long trip up to Ball State in Muncie, IN - some 11 hours worth of driving - for Mobile (AL) St. Paul's DBs Tamaurice Smith, Bradley Flott and Mobile (AL) Murphy RB Nicholas Sims, but it was a trip that was well worth it.
Two of the players on the trip - teammates Smith and Flott - hold offers from the Cardinals. We caught up with Smith to see how the trip went and get his impression.
"The visit as nice," Smith said. "When we first got there, we watched them practice. Then we took a tour of the school. Then we came back and Coach (Tilmon) Clark took us on the side line. We first met with Chevis (Ball State DB Coach and Mobile native Chevis Jackson) and saw how he coached. I personally like the way he coaches, high pace and very enthusiastic. Then we met with the DC (Tim Daoust).Then we went to the locker room and tried on jerseys. After we left there, we met with all the coaches. The staff is cool. Then we met with the Head Coach (Mike Neu). It was an family atmosphere all around."
Smith, a 5-9 165 DB and Flott, a 6-2 175 DB, made up one of the top corner tandems in the state of Alabama last year in helping lead St. Paul's to a 13-2 record on the season. Both have seen their recruiting take off since the season ended with Smith holding offers from Arkansas State, Memphis and Bowling Green to go along with the Ball State offer. Flott holds an offer from Ball State but has also visited Tennessee and Memphis.
Sims, a 5-10 195 RB with blazing speed, has yet to pick up an offer, but is certainly high on the Cardinals board.
With both Smith and Flott holding an offer from the same school - Ball State - there a certain amount of desire to continue to play in the same secondary for the next 4-5 years.
"Yea it'd be nice to play with Bradley since we're going to be leaders of the secondary this year," Smith said. "And Nick is from Mobile. So that's a plus. More talent from the 251."