Alabama OL switches commitment

Jake Smith arrived at Louisville for an official visit this weekend committed to UAB. Monday morning, Smith sent a message that he had officially made a commitment switch.

UPDATE: Jake Smith sent a text message early Monday morning that read: "Committed to Louisville."

Smith is currently at school and unavailable for further comments. We expect further comment on Smith's decision later this afternoon.

Louisville is a new school involved in Jake Smith's recruitment. The Cardinals didn't get involved with the talented offensive lineman until quarterback coach Mike Groh joined Charlie Strong's staff earlier this month. Groh was a graduate assistant at Alabama this season and knew Smith from working with the Crimson Tide.

Earlier this week, Groh visited Smith at his home in Jacksonville, Ala., and convinced him to visit Louisville this weekend.

"They started coming after me when they hired Coach Groh," Smith said. "He offered me on Monday and invited me on a visit. It was real good [in-home] visit. He said they have seven juniors that are going to be seniors that will be graduating. He said it's wide open and they're looking for a guy like me that can come in and contribute pretty immediately. So I'm going to go check them out."

Smith has family living in Louisville and has visited them a few times. He said his relatives have told him nothing but good things about Louisville since the Cardinals began recruiting him in recent weeks.

"It's a great school," Smith said. "I have family that lives up there. My second cousin and his wife live up there. We used to be real close when I was younger. We've been up there a couple times visiting them. They've said nothing but good things about Louisville, the campus and the football facilities. I'm going to take my visit and we'll see what happens."

What about Smith's verbal commitment to UAB?

"I committed to UAB back in November," said Smith. "It's a great school. Right now I'd still be happy if I stay [committed] to UAB. I had a great visit up there. Obviously.....I'm committed to UAB right now but I'm still looking around."

UCF, along with UAB and Louisville, is also in the mix with Smith. "There are actually three schools that I'm considering," Smith said. "I went to UCF last weekend. It was a great visit. I had a good time meeting all the guys."

"I'm looking for good academics, I want to be a lawyer some day," Smith said. "I want to see how well I bond with the players and coaches. That's what I'm looking for in a school."

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