John Curtis keeps producing prospects

LSU running backs coach Larry Porter spent a lot of time over the past year and a half at John Curtis in New Orleans recruiting Patriots running back Joe McKnight.

McKnight may be headed to USC but Porter's efforts could pay dividends in the 2008 class as he has his sights set on Curtis' versatile playmaker P.J. Smith.


Smith (6-2, 195, 4.6) started at free safety for the Patriots last season and also played plenty of snaps at wide out.


Patrolling the middle of the field in the secondary, Smith broke up 14 passes picked off three and registered 28 stops. On the other side of the ball he grabbed 10 passes for 124 yards and three scores.


Some coaches have reportedly said that Smith could play on either side of the ball at the next level but if he has his choice he will be dishing out licks rather than taking them.


"I love to hit," he said. "I'm good at reading the quarterback's eyes and going up and getting the pick too but I really like to hit. That's why I think I'm better suited for defense."


Early on in the recruiting process, Smith has already landed two offers from Alabama and Tulane and the list of schools recruiting him is too long for him to recall them all.


"There are a lot but I know some of them are Alabama, LSU, Florida, Minnesota, Auburn, Ole Miss, and U-Conn," he said.


Smith was not able to attend LSU's junior day because he was still in basketball and he has not set any plans on visiting any schools during the spring.


Despite not making it to junior day in Baton Rouge he said that LSU is a school that has his fullest attention.


"It's close to home and they play in one of the toughest conferences," Smith said of what he likes in the Tigers. "I love the way they like to blitz their safeties and the defense they play."


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