Smith set to see Notre Dame

JUCO running back Jeremy Smith of Fresno City College will visit Notre Dame this weekend when the Irish hold their annual end-of-season banquet. Smith explains where he is in the recruiting process and how his Louisiana roots led to him to California and will potentially lead him to northern Indiana.

For junior college running back Jeremy Smith, Notre Dame was the first BCS program to express interest in him after his record-setting season at Fresno City College.

"Notre Dame is a big-time offer," Smith said. "It's the first offer I've gotten."

Smith said the word "offer" went unspoken between he and Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Tony Alford, but that it was implied a spot in the 2015 recruiting class was his for the taking.

"He (Alford) said to come up for an official visit and that they wanted me badly," Smith said. "He loves how I'm a power back with breakaway speed, and he said all the coaches love my film."

Smith attended Hammond Magnet High in Louisiana before heading to Fresno City for JUCO last year. Despite attaining much success in high school on the field, including being named first-team all-district defensive end, linebacker, running back, kick returner, Smith's only offer was from Southeastern Louisiana.

"The head coach of my team now knew someone at Notre Dame and showed them my film," Smith said. "That's really how it all started. Coach Alford hasn't really brought up the topic of me being JUCO, but clearly he saw something in my film that he liked."

Smith said he's looking forward to learning more about Notre Dame and what the program has to offer during his visit, which will take place this weekend when Notre Dame hosts its annual end-of-season banquet. He will be accompanied on his visit by his father.

"I just want to take a look at campus life and talk with some of the players," Smith said. "I like that Notre Dame is independent and plays tough teams."

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back also places value on the academic rigor of Notre Dame.

"That's very important to me and my family," Smith said, who carries a 3.0 GPA.

Is a commitment possible should the opportunity present itself this weekend at Notre Dame?

"There would have to be something that really really interests me there to commit now," Smith said. "As of right now, I"m looking forward to the recruiting process. I plan to commit soon somewhere soon though."

Immediately following his Notre Dame visit, Smith plans to visit Louisville with his father.

This season Smith finished with 205 carries for 1,735 yards and 17 touchdowns this season in 11 games.

"I can run off tackle or be an up the middle runner," Smith said. "I can run anywhere on the field."

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