Legacy plans camp visit

Irvin Smith wants to show off to college coaches this spring. He hopes Notre Dame takes particular notice considering his father played for the Irish. Whether Notre Dame discovers Smith or not, he’ll visit South Bend this summer.

Irvin Smith made more of his junior season than most prospects.

After missing most of the previous year with a broken leg, Smith returned to put what college coaches needed to see on film. Offers arrived from Arizona State, Miami, Texas, Tulane and Vanderbilt, among others.

Now with spring ball about to begin and the evaluation period underway, the tight end from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans wants coaches to see more of the same in person.

“I’m just gonna show what I do,” Smith said. “I'm not going to do anything different than what I do or try to do something I can’t do. Coaches can see on my film most of the stuff I’m good at. But I’ve been working out a lot, put on a lot of good weight and muscle. I’ve gotten faster. They’ll be able to see what they need to see to evaluate me.”

Smith wants to hear more from Notre Dame, where his father played tight end before being a first round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1993. The elder Smith, also named Irvin, spent five seasons in New Orleans then played for San Francisco and Cleveland before exiting the league.

Smith has visited Notre Dame before as a fan, but so far the recruiting contact has been limited mostly to letters. He plans to be in South Bend this summer for the Irish Invasion camp.

“I’ve seen the school and been there and visited. But now I’m real serious into football and I haven’t really checked it out in person,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and checking it out in person and getting some work in.”

Notre Dame getting more involved would immediately make the Irish a serious player.

“It would definitely be awesome,” Smith said. “It’s a big legacy with my dad and the tradition and all that stuff. It would definitely be one of my top choices in schools.”

Smith hoped to visit Vanderbilt this weekend but will instead take the ACT. Up next is likely a trip to Texas, which is the most recent offer.

After spring practice the visit schedule will pick back up again.

“I’m really just trying to get out to the schools and visit first,” Smith said. “I don’t want to commit anywhere early. Other schools will be coming in and I want to visit the schools and make sure. I’m not trying to commit and de-commit or anything like that. Once I pick the exact school I wanna go to, that’s my choice.”

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