P.J. Smith Names his top two

Another solid John Curtis product, P.J Smith (6-4, 190, 4.6) recently narrowed his list down to two schools.

It was only a few months ago when Smith had received his first couple offers. Since then, Smith has surpassed a dozen.


"I've received several offers," Smith explained. "Some schools, such as Arkansas, have even offered to give me a shot at playing receiver if I'd want to. It is an honor to have schools like that who believe in your abilities that much, but unfortunately for them I've narrowed my list down to just two schools.


Who are the final two contenders?


"I'm seriously considering LSU and Alabama," Smith answered. "I was really humbled by all of the schools that offered me, but these are the two that really stood out for me."


Oddly enough, these two schools were also the only ones in which Smith attended camps for.


"The LSU camp was cool," Smith explained. "We did some 1-on-1 drills and 7-on-7's. We also went over some back pedaling techniques and things like that."


Smith had the chance to speak to some of the coaches at the LSU camp.


"I talked with coach [Larry] Porter and a couple of others," Smith informed. "Coach Porter is the main guy I really speak to from LSU though. We usually talk about football as well as some other things that are going on in my life.


"At the camp though, the coaches told me I was a good player and they would like to see me become a Tiger and stuff like that," Smith added.


What happened at Alabama?


"The Alabama camp was pretty good as well," Smith said. "Coach Saban worked us really hard. I thought it was tougher than the LSU camp, but the drills and the techniques we went over were about the same."


What drew Smith to his top two choices?


"I grew up an LSU fan and I've been to several of their games," Smith explained. "They've been my favorite team since I was a little kid. On top of that, it is close to home and my sister goes to school there as well. I also really enjoy the coaches. I like all of them.


"I think Alabama has a really nice campus," Smith said. "I really liked the environment because it is really nice over there. The main thing for me though with Alabama has got to be coach [Nick] Saban. I feel like he is the best defensive backs coach in the country and it would be an honor to play for him. He could probably teach me a lot."


How close is Smith to making a decision?


"My parents and I have been talking about it," Smith informed. "We are trying to weigh the options of maybe deciding before or during the early part of my senior season versus waiting until my season is over. I plan on going to the LSU vs. Alabama game as well as the LSU vs. Florida game though. I might just wait until after those games before I decide, but I am not sure yet. I am going to sit down with my parents and coach J.T. Curtis and talk things through to see what the best choice for me is."


What did Smith have to say about the people who doubt his abilities?


"Some people say I do not have good speed," said Smith. "Maybe my 40 time isn't as fast as some would like it to be, but I have good game speed. I feel like I can play any skill position on the field. I can play defensive back, wide receiver, and even linebacker. Some defensive backs may try to play wide receiver, but they are usually too stiff and that is what separates me from them because I can play anywhere."


Note: Last season while playing for John Curtis High School, Smith recorded 28 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, and 4 interceptions as a defensive back as well as 10 receptions for 124 yards and 3 touchdowns as a receiver.

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