Aaron Smith Names Leaders

As the summer moves along, the Irish coaching staff continues to add names to its recruiting board. Gateway high school (Monroeville, PA) athlete Aaron Smith is one of those prospects, and he has a solid list of offers, as well as an early list of favorites.

Aaron Smith (6-0,185-pound) has primarily played quarterback during his high school career, but that will likely change when he moves to the next level.

"Most schools are recruiting me as a receiver or defensive back," said Smith. "I think I'll end up playing receiver, but it doesn't really matter as long as I get on the field."

"I play quarterback and I played wide receiver sometimes. I really didn't play defensive back last year, but this year I will. This year my coach will use me at quarterback, wide receiver safety and some corner.

Aaron has received recruiting attention from the Notre Dame coaches, but he is getting attention from a number of top programs.

"Maryland (offer) is recruiting me the most so far, there are a couple other schools that I like that are recruiting me – Michigan State (offer), Pitt (offer), Penn State (offer), Tennessee (verbal offer), Virginia (offer), Kentucky (offer)," Smith said.

"Yes I am," he replied when asked if he had interest in Notre Dame. "We sent a tape in and they say saw me at the Pitt Adidas camp. Coach Weis was there and the recruiting coordinator (Rob Ianello).

"They said they were looking to offer me, but they wanted to see me play defensive back so it after the first few games, during my season.

Smith has some very good offers, and plenty of options, so I asked him if he had any favorites and if he had an idea of when he'd make a decision.

"Pitt and Maryland," he replied when asked about his favorite schools, "I grew up a Penn State fan, but I my cousin plays corner for Pitt, Josh Lay.

"Right now I'm looking to make a decision before the season, but that's not certain, because I'd also like to take some of my visits.

Comment: Smith didn't attend the Notre Dame summer football camp, so the coaching staff wants to see him play some defensive back during his senior season before they offer. He has offers from his favorites, so he might make a decision before the Irish staff gets a chance to offer.

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