Quick Hitter: Smitherman to soon decide

Maurice Smitherman didn't hold a verbal scholarship offer at this time last year, but now the class of 2015 cornerback prospect has dozens of options all across the country. However, he's close to ending the process with a group of two standing above the rest.

One of the best stories in the state of Alabama for the 2015 cycle has to be Maurice Smitherman's.

The Adamsville (Ala.) Minor cornerback, a three-star on Scout.com and the No. 2 corner in-state, lacks ideal size so his recruitment was stuck at zero offers at this time a year ago.

Breakout camp performances via blurring speed and solid hips changed his numbers in a hurry, and a flurry began. The SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and nearly every conference in between became interested in the 5-foot-9, 172-pounder.

Now, with dozens of verbal scholarship offers to choose from, Smitherman is nearing that point of the process with a working top two of Clemson and Mississippi State.

"I'm camping at Alabama, Mississippi State and Clemson for now, and going to the IMG tournament (June 20-22)," he said. "Just to cover some guys and watch the skill of play the DB coach(es) likes.

"But those two are still my top two. I am looking to commit two to three weeks from now."

Smitherman has a criteria he's still breaking down in trying to separate the Tigers and Bulldogs atop his list, barring any more offers he adds in the meantime.

"Getting playing time early, a winning program that can have a chance of winning a national championship, and building a family and having success there for four years," he said. "I'll get a better look at camp."

Scout tabs Smitherman as the No. 56 cornerback prospect in the class of 2015.

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