Notre Dame continues to hunt defensive backs in SEC country.
Keidron Smith of West Palm Beach (Fla.) Oxbridge Academy is the latest cornerback to pop up on the Irish radar. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior holds a three-star ranking but his offer list suggests he could hit four-star status in the future.
Duke, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Tennessee and Vanderbilt have all offered the high-academic defensive back.
Scout ranked Smith among its Top 10 defensive performers at The Opening Regionals in Miami back on February 26. That was enough to get the attention of both Notre Dame’s Florida recruiter and its cornerbacks coach.
An Irish Invasion is already on the schedule.
“It’s been going good, talking to coach Autry Denson and coach Todd Lyght,” Smith said. “Coach Denson is pushing really hard for me to get an offer. I’m hoping to get the offer because if I go up there and like what I see, the probability of me committing might be true but I guess I have to go up there and show them what I got. I’ll be going up there with my dad.
“I just want to see the atmosphere, really. I want to get the atmosphere of the school.”
The Irish aren’t alone in their heavy pursuit.
“Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Duke, Memphis, because they’ve all offered,” Smith said. “And Vanderbilt is pushing really hard too. I’m actually going up to Stanford this week too,” Smith said.
The versatile talent also took snaps at quarterback last season.
“I’ve been playing football since I was six years old,” Smith said. “I actually started out as an offensive player. Every team I was ever on, I was always the best athlete. I was able to cope and learn different positions while I grew up. I’ve played almost every position on the field.”
With offers from Duke and Vanderbilt to go with interest from Notre Dame and Stanford, it’s obvious Smith works hard in the classroom. That’s part of his appeal to the Irish staff.
“Coach Denson said that I’m the right type of guy,” Smith said. “I’m a good football player, I’ve got grades and I fit the program well. It’s a cool staff. They’re not pushing too hard, they’re recruiting me hard. It’s more relaxed. They’re not pushing me or anything.
“They’re a great academic school with a great fanbase that supports the football team. I have a top group, I just haven’t released it. (The Irish) are in the running. I’d have a chance of getting a great education while playing great football.”
Smith finished his junior season with 33 tackles, three interceptions while defending 10 passes.
The Florida-native plans to make his college decision this summer before enrolling in college early.