Sugar Land Dulles High School in Texas is a familiar stomping ground for the Michigan football program, and the Wolverines made a return trip to visit and offer CB Maurice Smith.
"Coach Jackson came by the school in sixth period," Smith told GoBlueWolveirne, "and I was actually going to my coach's office to get on the sports radio, and he (Coach J) happened to be in there and coach introduced me."
"That's the first time they came by," said Smith. "I haven't really, you know, just talked to him that much. I'm supposed to call him today so this will be my first time really communicating with him."
For the 6'1, 175 pound corner, the Michigan offer is one that he had hoped would come for a long, long time.
"I did receive some mail before this," said Smith. "It had kind of slowed down but I was looking forward to getting this offer. I thought I was going to receive it a lot earlier but, you know, they came through anyway—so I'm always happy to have the offer anyway."
Former Michigan football players Troy Woolfolk, Brandon Herron and Darryl Stonum are Dulles graduates as well and although none are personal friends of Smith, that hasn't stopped the ex-Wolverines from speaking positively of Ann Arbor.
"I don't know them personally but I have talked to them and communicated with them and they've given me nothing but good reports, even with the thing that happened to DC," said Smith.
"I like Michigan, you know, just because I had some teammates from my school go there and give me nothing but good reports," said Smith. "So, you know, they're—you know, I don't have a top (group) but they're highly favored."
Smith, the #5 rated CB in the class of 2013 is receiving interest from all over the country but hasn't ironed out any visit plans for the summer just yet.
Moving forward, Smith is in no rush to make a decision. He has an idea of when he'd like to make his announcement known to the world.
"I think it'll be after the season, most likely at the Under Armour All-American game. So that's probably when I'll make that decision," said Smith.
Smith, who finished last season with 66 tackles and 3 interceptions for Dulles, is still in the early stages of his evaluation process. But he has a full understanding of what a school will need to pass his test.
"The number one thing is academics," said Smith. "Pretty much anywhere on my list, I could go anywhere and receive a degree but I want the best education possible. Second is going to be, you know, are the people that are going to be taking care of me at any school I go to, like my parents, have the same values as them, and treat me with the same type of values that they did. And third is: can the coaches get me to the next level in the NFL, you know, that's one of the things. Fourth is, you know, I don't want to just go in—I'm not asking to start but I don't want to be waiting too long; I just really want to have a chance to compete."
'13 CB Smith was looking forward to U-M Offer
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