Stephen Smith talks #1

Slidell High School in Louisiana is the beneficiary of a transfer from the Smith twins. Stephon has been a stalwart on the offensive side of the ball for St. Paul's while his brother, Stephen, has been a mainstay in their secondary. Stephen decided to transfer to Slidell and play for Coach Artie Liuzza for his senior year. Stephon decided to join him. Kansas State has taken notice.

"It's a new opportunity for me there," said Stephen Smith. "I just want to bond and get close with my teammates, and hopefully do well enough to make the playoffs and win state. Right now I have one offer, but with a good year I hope to get my name out there and have coaches take notice."

The school that has taken notice of both brothers is Kansas State. Both have received offers from the Wildcats. Stephon, a running back, has received a few more from Tulsa, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Louisiana-Monroe.

"Kansas State is my No. 1 school," said Stephen Smith. "I'm been getting attention from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Tulsa as well. I'm planning on being at Kansas State's camp and Tulsa's over the summer."

Although being his only offer at the moment, Smith says there are a lot of reasons he likes the Wildcat program and has them at the top of his list.

"They have a great environment," said Smith. "Great fans. We went to a basketball game when I visited the campus, and the whole school showed a lot of team spirit. We got a chance to tour the football facilities. The staff was top-notch. It was a real good trip."

Smith, 5-11, 160, was named 2nd team All-District as a junior for St. Paul's. During his sophomore season he made headlines with an interception against St. Thomas More with 11 seconds to go in the game. Smith returned the ball 41 yards and set up the winning score. During his junior year, Smith had three interceptions against area rival, Destrehan, in a win.

"The coaches tell me I have good foot work, good cover skills," said Smith. "It's going to be a challenge to go in and learn a whole new system and adjust to new teammates and new coaches, but I'm ready to make an impact and have a good senior year."

Sticking with his twin brother, Stephon, may be a criteria of where Stephen decides to go to school, but he knows what he's looking for in a program.

"The first thing I look at is academics," Smith said. "I want to study either business or kinesiology. Next I'd have to say the environment of the campus. And then I want to see that the school has a good overall athletic program."

Michael Smith of the Kansas State coaching staff is recruiting both brothers to Manhattan. Smith says he's doing "pretty well" in his classroom studies.

As far as a decision date is concerned Smith says "whatever the last possible day is will probably be the day I decide."

If that holds true, the public will have to wait until early February to know if the Smith brothers will remain together for the next four years.

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