Offers Keep Rolling in For Smith

Birmingham (Ala.) product Andre Smith (6-4, 315 pounds) could be the best offensive lineman in the country, and he has the offers to prove it. Irish Eyes checked in with Smith to get an update on his off-season and his growing list of offers.

In the fall Smith tosses around defensive lineman for the Huffman high school football team. In the spring, he tosses the shot for the track team. Although Smith seems to really enjoy the time he spends on track, that doesn't mean football takes a backseat at this time of the year.

"Right now it's (Smith's time) about 50-50 between football and track," explained Smith. "We get in pads the last week in April. I'm just trying to work and make sure I'm prepared. We're lifting and running; working on stretching and our flexibility.

"We spend a lot of time improving our flexibility. It helps your quickness and speed so you can get to one place to another quicker. It also helps when you play on the line; sometimes the running back will run up your back or you'll get bent in different directions."

Like the weather, recruiting is starting to heat up. With the May calling period on the horizon most college coaching staffs have a pretty good idea of who they'd like to offer. With more than 35 offers in hand, Andre Smith seems to be a prospect all the top programs would like to add to their roster.

"I did take an unofficial visit to Alabama for the spring game," said Smith. "It was good experience. We sat around with the coaches and talked.

"I'm just taking it everything in right now," Smith said of the recruiting process. "I really haven't talked to any other coaches."

Almost everyone in the southeast has offered Smith, so I asked if there were offers from schools outside the region that had caught his eye.

"You guys," Smith replied referring to Notre Dame. "USC, Oklahoma, Michigan."

With so many options I asked Andre if he had started to narrow down choices and if he had decided to take any trips during this summer.

"I probably won't know which schools I'm going to visit for awhile," he said. "I'll probably go to a camp, but I haven't decided quite yet. I will probably know after our spring game."

Comments: If you're Smith's high school coach, you'd have to be very pleased that he's concentrating on what he needs to do today. Smith really doesn't seem to be concerned about recruiting at all right now and as one of the top offensive lineman in the country, with more than 35 offers, he can afford to wait. I'm not sure he has any favorites at this time, and he seems open to considering any school that offers him. Top Stories