Smith Has Offer from Notre Dame

<P>The Notre Dame coaching staff is looking for a few big men along the offensive line and Allen Smith is one big man. Smith plays for Corona Del Sol high school in Tempe, AZ. The 6-5 320-pound offensive tackle prospect has an impressive list of offers including one from Notre Dame. </P>

Allen Smith has gone from relatively unknown to one of the top offensive tackle prospects on the west coast. "I have offers from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford (pending on sending my application), Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. All the PAC 10 schools are recruiting me and some others from around the country."

Smith is also an outstanding student. "I have a 3.6 g.p.a. and I scored a 1300 on my S.A.T."

The top prospect says he can play either guard or tackle. "I played guard earlier but I played tackle last year. I can play either, it doesn't matter to me. I think I'm best at pass protection and down blocking but I've really worked on my feet and getting into linebackers so I think my game has improved. Coaches remark mostly on my feet."

The Irish have liked what they've seen in Smith. "They've offered me. I love Notre Dame. I'm high on their tradition and their academics. A good family friend grew up with Coach Willingham in North Carolina. He has known him to be a good man and that is something I'm looking for in a coach. I spoke to him and he is very honest and well-spoken. I expected him to be like Doctor Cox (good family friend) but he was different. He is articulate and honest. My Mom really liked him when they spoke. They told me they were looking for some good offensive linemen this class and that I was one of them."

Academics will be the most important thing to Smith when he makes a decision. "Academic achievement will be the most important thing to me. Then it will come down to where I feel most comfortable and where I fit in the best."

Distance will not be a problem either. "I have a brother at Dartmouth and another at Virginia so distance is not a problem for me at all."

Smith says he hasn't begun to narrow down his list. "I don't have a top five. I'm just taking it all in right now. I will see where I am at the end of the summer and I will take some visits. I probably won't decide until the last day because I want to take my time and find the best school for me."

Comments. Smith seems very interested in Notre Dame. Expect the Irish to be at the very top the entire way. My first prediction of the year. I bet Smith signs with Notre Dame when all is said and done. Top Stories