Allen Smith Experiences Enlightenment

The last time Irish Eyes spoke with Allen Smith, he was just offered by Notre Dame. At 6-5, 320 lbs, Allen's name has been very popular with many schools and with the need for offensive linemen; his has been on the minds of Notre Dame Fans everywhere. Irish Eyes caught up with the top prospect to find out what has been occurring in his busy recruiting process.

With the dead period over, Allen's phone has been ringing off the hook. Coaches from major program have been calling him and Coach Willingham is no different. "I got a call from Coach Willingham last night," Allen said. "We talked about a wide range of things. We talked of the football program. Some of it was very personal, but it was an amazing conversation. He talked about the Notre Dame Pep assembly, what he expects of the team and expects of the players. It was a truly enlightening experience. It was the best conversation that I've had with a coach so far in the recruiting process."

With such excitement in his voice, Irish Eyes asked what interests him about Notre Dame. "It's definitely the academics and Coach Willingham," he said. "It's the level of football that they play. It's hard to get a better combination anywhere else. It's the overall tradition."

Although with such high praise for Notre Dame and Coach Willingham, Allen is not prepared to make a decision yet on committing. "I'm going to wait until February 4th," he said. "I have a lot of things that I need accomplish first for the team before I make a decision."

Though he has been getting so much attention, Allen keeps focused and doesn't let the recruiting process get to him. "I've just been taking phone calls," he said. "I'm not putting a whole lot of effort into the recruiting process. It's hard though, when I get home at 7:00 and the phone is ringing all the time and I need to do my homework, but I think it's a great experience. I mean not too many people get to experience something like this, so I am just trying to enjoy it."

Aside from the usual recruiting pitch that prospect usual experiences, we wondered what was difference with his conversation with Coach Willingham. "I enjoyed it a lot," he said. " Coach Willingham and I had a deep, personal conversation about the state of the world and how we can change it."

Comments: Allen sure enjoyed his conversation with Coach Willingham. With a mother a professor at ASU, a brother studying to be an astrophysicist, a 3.6 gpa, and a 1300 on the SAT, Allen is a person that likes to be challenged and by the sound of his voice and the conversation he had, Coach Willingham definitely made an impression on this young man. And a young man, he definitely is. Allen is incredibly bright and articulate. He is a well mannered individual that would represent Notre Dame well. Irish Eyes think Notre Dame is in a good position for his commitment. Top Stories