Four-star 2018 cornerback Christopher Smith and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh are phone buddies, or something like that.
Well, maybe they’re not buddies, but they did catch up for roughly 15 minutes on the phone today, with Harbaugh making is abundantly clear – that Smith is wanted in Ann Arbor.
“The message was that he liked the way I played,” Smith said. “He liked that I was feisty. He said I was like the Tasmanian Devil. We are just getting things together seeing when I could get up there. Cause you know it’s kind of far. We’re trying to set some dates up so I can come see the campus. But mostly the message was that he liked how I played.”
In fact, Harbaugh like’s his game so much, Smith says Michigan has made him a “priority” in U-M’s 2018 class.
“From what coach Harbaugh said, I feel like they will make me a priority. Coming from a coach of his status, he’s one of the great coaches in the game right now,” Smith said. “So for him to say those things about me, I feel like I will be a priority for Michigan.”
The College Park (Ga.) Hapeville Charter standout say’s he doesn’t have a top-five or anything like that, but did insist that Michigan has made a solid impression so far.
“I don’t have any top school right now,” Smith said of his leader board. “But as of right now, I feel like Michigan can make my top schools.”
Smith’s plan, as of right now, would be to visit U-M’s campus sometime preferably in March or April, he says.
“What I expect to see on my visit, is I hear it’s a great program,” Smith said. “They have a great campus, great facilities, all that. I heard they play hard, work hard all the time. And they have great enthusiasm under coach Harbaugh. So if I go up there, I feel it will be great visit, overall.”
Upcoming, Smith says he plans to visit Alabama this weekend and South Carolina on March 25.
“I’m pretty much looking each schools environment and seeing if I can stay there for four years,” Smith said, when asked about his deciding factors. “My relationships are going to be really important. And I’m looking to have a good opportunity overall, both academically and athletically.”
Smith says he plans to narrow down his top schools in the summer. He says he still hasn’t decided on when he will commit, noting he will commit when feels most “comfortable” with the school. So his time frame on his decision ranges from the end of the summer till national signing day.