RECRUITING: Sooners offer Alabama OL

Birmingham, Ala. offensive tackle Andre Smith talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.


Andre Smith is going to draw a ton of attention this fall as one of the top offensive linemen in the country. A four-year starter, Smith has moved all over the offensive line.

"I started as a freshman and sophomore at offensive guard and then moved to tackle last year," said Smith. "I like playing offensive tackle better because I like the challenge of being out on the edge at tackle. You are playing one-on-one against the person you are playing against and you get a chance to be a major part in pass protection for the quarterback, and he has to trust that you can get the job done. A lot of responsibility is on your shoulders at tackle."

Smith played left tackle a year ago and that is where he will play this season and hopefully in college. Smith can bench 365 pounds, squats 535 and he has a 28-inch vertical jump.

Smith went to the U.S. Army combine in San Antonio and the Auburn Senior Camp last summer. Smith went to the offensive linemen camp at Troy University last summer as well. Smith is going to go to some camps this summer, but he isn't sure which at this point.

Smith has a scholarship offer from every school in the SEC. He says he has some others, but he is not sure from whom at this point (OU has offered).

"I have everybody on a level playing field right now," said Smith. "I have a great interest in everybody right now and I want to talk to everybody that wants to talk to me. I really didn't have a favorite school growing up."

What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?

"Oklahoma is a great program that produces offensive linemen," said Smith. "They have great coaches, a great school, great program and they are probably one of the top two programs in the Big 12. I do have an interest in Oklahoma. They will be one of the schools that I consider."

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