Irish still in it for Smith?

The head coach of five-star offensive tackle Braden Smith of Olathe (Kansas) High talks about his star player's top schools -- who's still in the running, what school he's 'drastically cooled on,' and when a final decision could come.

Offensive tackle Braden Smith of Olathe (Kansas) High named a top three of Notre Dame, Texas A&M and TCU after visiting those three schools, as well as Michigan and Ohio State, this spring. Now, soon after a July visit to Alabama, Smith's head coach Jeff Gourley explains what schools are still on Smith's list.

"He still's shopping around right now," Gourley said. "Notre Dame is definitely still on his list. The schools he's considering right now are TCU, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State. Then, on the back burner still right now are Georgia and Clemson."

"Just from a recent conversation with him, I think he has cooled drastically on South Carolina for some reason," Gourley added. "I don't know if he'll end up visiting there, but I can see him visiting Georgia and Clemson sometime this season."

Gourley admitted that seemingly everyone is ready to write off Smith as attending a certain college, but that's not the case.

"He's still looking at schools," Gourley said. "Of course his list has been narrowed since he has so many offers, but he's not ready to make a decision. People are treating him like an NFL star. He's a 17-year old kid who doesn't know where he wants to go to college."

Smith visited Alabama last week, and he enjoyed his time Tuscaloosa. It was thought possible he would visit a few other schools in the Southeast before summer's end, but that most likely won't end up being the case.

"He's done traveling with unofficial visits, I believe," Gourley said. "He's focused on our season right now and hasn't said anything about official visits yet."

"It's like car shopping," Gourley said. "You have to try out a bunch of schools before finding the right one. He's not decided on a school at all."

Smith is a five-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the class of 2014 by Scout.com.
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