"I felt right at home. I already knew I was coming before I came on my visit, but this just made me feel more sure of my decision. There is no question I am coming," added Isaiah Smith.
there was one thing that stuck out in Smith's mind, or should we say stomach,
it would be?
"The food was great. I am still full (laugh). We ate
all day and night and it was some good grub too. I think I put on 5 (pounds) good
How did the rest of the visit go?
"Great. My mom,
dad, and brother came with me. They all like Ole Miss a lot. This is like our
fourth time to come down there this Fall. Everybody loves it down there. It is
a safe environment with great coaches, academic support, and a program that is
on the rise. But what I really enjoyed the most about my trip were the players.
We just chilled all weekend. I fit right in with that group."
was Smith's player host?
"Bruce Gall. He told me about the school
and took me over to some player's houses. I met the other two linebacker recruits
they brought in. It was me and a guy named Scottie (Marshall Williams) and (Johnathan)
Frink. We did not know each other before we came on the visit, but we felt a chemistry
together and hung out the whole weekend. Williams said he was down to Ole Miss
and South Carolina. And Frink said he really likes Ole Miss, but he wanted to
take a couple more visits first, but I think he will come to Ole Miss. He said
we were going to make a great tandem at Ole Miss."
Smith is not one
to take his books lightly, as he carries a 3.65 Core GPA and a 19 on the ACT.
"I did not know the classes were so close together. Most colleges,
you have to get on a bus to get to your classes, but they are within a 5 minutes
walk. I really liked that part. I met with my academic advisor and went over everything
with him. They really have everything mapped out for you up there. They are serious
about their players getting a good education and that is what I am really looking
for. Football only last for so long."
Smith had a chance to watch
some film during the trip.
"My, Frink, and Scottie watchedsome film
with Coach Saunders on Saturday. He told us about the different drills and blitz
packages they use. He wanted us to start studying them now so we do not think
on the field. He wants it to be all natural for us. That is how they want us to
Isaiah had a good one on one meeting with Coach Orgeron before
"My meeting with Coach Orgeron went great. We talked about
how thin they are at LB with Rory and Willis no longer there. He said all of the
LB slots were open, and that this summer will be real important for all of us
to try and get a spot. I am going to get there in June. He told me that all of
the freshmen LB's would play. Coach said they moved Jamarca Sanford and Allen Walker to LB for Spring practice, but they were natural safeties and they are
going to move them back to safety when the freshmen LB's get there this summer."
Smith had 102 tackles, 18 for losses, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1
recovery during his senior campaign. He was named 1st Team All-Region and is waiting
for the State awards to be released.
Isaiah is ready to make an impact for OM
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