Harrison Smith (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) thought his only concern at this time would be his senior football season. Although he hasn't been overwhelmed with recruiting, Harrison is quite aware that he needs to control the recruiting process.
"[Recruiting] has cooled off a little bit, but I still get text messages, in fact I just got some from coach Lewis and coach Weis. I still get them from Tennessee and the other schools," Smith responded when asked about his recruitment. "I'm pretty much at the same place that I was. I'm waiting on the season to see a couple games and take some visits.
"It's Notre Dame, Tennessee, and I also like Auburn and Stanford. Those are the main ones that have separated from everyone else. I haven't told anyone that I'm done because I haven't scheduled all my visits. I'm kind of in the middle, but I need to figure it out pretty quick."
The Volunteers and the Irish have been considered the favorites to land Smith, but Stanford and Auburn have come on strong. Expect the Cardinal and Tigers to be in the mix until the end.
"That main thing with Stanford was that the campus was incredible," Smith said of his June unofficial visit to Palo Alto. "When I went there everything seemed too good to be real. The weather is perfect year round. That isn't a big thing, but that kind of stuck out to me. You could tell the team was very close and they were very good students. They were just very good people. It had a lot of things in common with Notre Dame.
"I like how the [Auburn] coaches handle stuff. They're kind of more old fashion and tough. I kind of like that style. They have real tough defenses and they always seem like a tough SEC team."
Smith would like to take his official visits during the fall. He has already set one trip for South Bend, and he's checking his zeroing in on dates for his other three.
"I'm coming [to Notre Dame] for the Penn State game," Smith said of his plans to visit South Bend. "My dad has it all set up. I really don't know if it's an official visit or not, but I know I'm coming up for that game. I figure it will be an official, I'm just not certain.
"I don't have any trips to the other schools set up, but I know the UT coaches said that they have one towards the end of the season, so that's when I'll take that one. The other schools I don't have set up."
Last Friday Knoxville Catholic held their season opening jamboree. In a 12-minute quarter Smith intercepted two passes and scored on a 57-yard reception. He also added 10 yards rushing on two carries.
This Friday Knoxville Catholic travels to play Smith County in the season opener. The kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CST.
Last season on offense, Smith ran for 1,312 yards and 17 touchdowns on 155 carries. He also caught 32 passes for 446 yards and six touchdowns. On defense he recorded 61 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five interceptions (two returned for scores), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.