Smith Recaps Starkville Visit

Quarterback Sawyer Smith has some thinking to do before he makes a final decision concerning his college future, but Smith wants to ensure that his decision is an educated on. Currently committed to Alabama for baseball, Smith is still considering offers to play football from Mississippi State and Southern Miss. Recently, Smith visited a Mississippi State football practice.

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"My visit went really well, it really did," Smith said of his time in Starkville. "I had been to several baseball games over there before to see my brother (Austin Smith) play, but this was different. I got to go around and see everything. I got to tour the facilities and see the Templeton Center and places like that. It was a lot different than just coming to see a game."

Smith reports that the time on campus gave him a better understanding of what life would be like should he elect to sign with the Bulldogs.

"The visit helped me, it really did," Smith admitted. "I got to talk with Coach (Dan) Mullen and watch practice. I was able to stand over there by Dak (Prescott), Elijah (Staley) and Nick (Fitzgerald) and hear what all they were doing in practice. I was able to get a feel of what it be like to be there and be a part of the team. I feel like I have a good understanding of what all they have to offer."

Starkville is not the only college town in Mississippi that Smith has been able to visit over the course of his recruitment.

"I went to Southern Miss a few weeks ago and I am going back over there pretty soon," Smith said. "I like Southern Miss too and I am listening to what they have to say about everything too."

Smith has not been extended the offer to play football at Alabama, but he has had plenty of time to imagine what it would be like to take the field as a baseball player for the Crimson Tide.

"I have gone to a couple of games this year, but I know what that's like," Smith said. "I have been going to Alabama games since I was in the 8th grade, which was my brother's freshman year there. He's graduated now, but I was able to watch him play over there for four years. It was a lot of fun."

As it turns out, older brother, Austin, will likely be a big part of Smith's college deliberations.

"I enjoy talking with him about all of this," Smith said. "He knows what it's like to go through it and he knows how much I love baseball and how much I love football. He wants what is best for me and he wants me to go where I want to be.

"I am still thinking about everything and deciding what I want to do. I know I want to have all of this behind me this summer. I am thinking June or July, because I don't want to be a distraction to my team during the season. I want all of this to be settled and I want to know where I am going to be before we start the season."

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