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Thomas Wolf wrote: "you can't go home again" but he never penned anything about leaving home in the first place, and so, it was really no big surprise to hear that Knoxville Catholic four-star prospect Harrison Smith is headed to South Bend, Ind.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound all-purpose athlete announced for Notre Dame this afternoon ending months of speculation and a tug-of-war between the hometown Volunteers and the faith based Fighting Irish. Auburn was thrown into the brew at the end but more as a buffer than contender.

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis visited Smith's home last week fueling talk that a commitment was imminent. In announcing his choice, Smith indicated the decision was as tough to make as it was for fans to wait for.

"It's a huge sense of relief," Smith said about bringing the recruiting process to an end. "I made up my mind Wednesday night. I kept going back between the two for a long time. Over the last week I kept coming back to Notre Dame."

Smith played safety, running back and receiver for Knoxville Catholic and was being recruited primarily as a linebacker for Tennessee. Smith runs a 4.5 time and is an honor student.


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