Smith Set for Gridiron Future

Sawyer Smith has spent a lot of time in Tuscaloosa, Alabama the past few years. With an older brother playing baseball for the Crimson Tide, Smith became very familiar with the program and all of the things that go along with the University of Alabama. A verbal commitment to the Tide came shortly after Coach Mitch Gaspard extended an offer. Heading into his senior year, Smith has changed his mind.

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"Honestly, I didn't think I was going to have a chance to play football on the next level," Smith said. "I really thought baseball was going to be the sport that got me to the next level, so when I had the chance to go to Alabama I took it.

"Now that I have picked up all of those football offers, it has made me think a lot more about football and it makes me like football more. I have spent some time talking about things with my family and I just feel like it's just better if I play college football."

Smith's baseball season ended in the district tournament, so he is back on the football field leading his team through spring practice. An organized scrimmage is slated for next weekend with the annual spring game taking place on May 22nd.

A few short weeks later, Smith plans to make the college campus rounds with a renewed sense of interest as he moves toward a college decision.

"I plan to go to about five college camps this summer and just see how things go," Smith said. "I am thinking about where all I want to go now. I want to go spend some time with all of the coaches and just see where I feel at home.

"I feel like after I go to these camps, that I will have a good idea about what I want and where I feel like I fit the best. I want to make a decision sometime in June or July. I want to get it done before the season, so I can just focus on football during the season."

Heading into the summer travel schedule, Smith is trying to keep an open mind about his suitors.

"I have offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Troy, South Alabama, USF, Air Force and Georgia Southern and there are a few other schools recruiting me," Smith said. "I am trying to keep everybody even right now and then go to these camps and see how things look after.

"I am excited about everything. I never thought I would have all of these big time offers. It was a tough decision, but I feel like football is definitely the way to go."

Smith plans to attend the Mississippi State June camp and is in the process of deliberating his other summer travels. The Bulldogs have offered several quality high school quarterbacks, but it appears that Smith is a priority target who will get put through the passing mechanic paces by Dan Mullen once he arrives on campus next month.


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