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Long Drive Worth the Trip for Smith

<p>Jerry Smith and family made a long drive from Milwaukee to take part in the celebration that is "Late Night in the Phog", but it seems to have been worth it.</p>

Before they loaded up the car for the trip from Milwaukee to Late Night, class of 2006 standout Jerry Smith and his family knew they were in for a long drive. However, according his father the trip was more than worth it for the six-foot-two inch combo guard from Wauwatosa (WI) East and his family.

“We really enjoyed it, the drive we could do without, it was a little longer than we anticipated but the drive was worth it though,” Mr. Smith told Phog.net. “The drive was more than worth it and we had a great time. We had a real good meeting with Bill Self and I like how he comes straight from the hip and gets right to the point. He laid it all out for us in 15 or 20 minutes.”

While they are still in the early stages of their son’s recruitment, the Smith family has already done a considerable amount of homework regarding the schools that are recruiting Jerry. Like many families, they have learned that they have to look at the choosing a school as a business decision in some ways and they are going to be very cautious about who and what to believe but one factor will be most important in the end.

“You already know what you want out of a university from a school standpoint, but for me as a parent when my wife and I go to bed at night, we want to be sure our child is safe,” said Mr. Smith. “That is the most important thing to us, the safety of our child because Jerry is a really good kid.”

With the Kansas visit knocked out, the Smith’s also stopped in at Iowa for a visit on Saturday afternoon that went well too.

“The coaching staff there has been on Jerry’s recruitment from the very start,” Mr. Smith said of the Hawkeyes. “They have been on him since his eighth grade year and have been in there with Marquette and Wisconsin all along so we wanted to stop by and it went well.”

Next weekend the family will travel to Purdue before hitting Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wake Forest, Michigan State and Texas A&M so that they can decide which schools to visit officially.

As for the Late Night experience itself, it was impressive enough that Smith will be back for an official visit -- Marquette, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, and Iowa are the other favorites to get officials right now, even though the subject of exactly who receives official visits is open -- next year.

“To walk into Allen Fieldhouse and as soon as we walk in all we see is blue was amazing,” said the elder Smith. “This is without the students in town and they still had 16,000 fans. You take the support that was there and you add the students, you can’t even imagine how much rowdier it gets,” finished Smith.“You can’t take away from who you have running that ship and the captain of that ship is phenomenal. Jerry will definitely be back at Kansas for an official visit.”

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