Smith down to two

Smith down to two

A successful recruiting process is often rooted in strong relationships, and that is an aspect that thus far has served Arizona State well in their pursuit of Alfred Smith. The Destrehan, La athlete unofficially visited Tempe today with his family and talked to Devils Digest about his experience.

"Coach Norvell has been recruiting me ever since I was a freshman," Smith said. "So I feel like I have known him a long time and I get along with him. I loved all the coaches there and they really treated me like family. I really enjoyed talking to them.

"It was a wonderful visit. I toured the school and all the athletic facilities. I was the most impressed with how important it was for them to make sure the players get their degrees. That caught my attention a lot."

During his visit Smith did get to talk to a couple of Sun Devil players to get their perspective on the program.

"I talked to the quarterback Taylor Kelly," Smith said, "He said that all the players here are like family, and that you have to work hard if you come here so you can get better. He told me that it may hard in the beginning with the transition but you get used to it.

"I also talked to Ronald Lewis and it helps out a lot because he's also from Louisiana and he's very comfortable here. He gave me legit answers to all my questions."

The 5-10 189-pound Alfred Smith collected 630 yards on 32 catches and scored nine touchdowns for Destrehan High School last season. He said that one of his traits in particular has attracted the attention of the Arizona State coaches.

"Coach Norvell says that I bring a lot to the table," Smith commented, "but he really likes my toughness. I'm an aggressive player who makes big plays and I never quit. He told me that they are looking at me as a slot receiver (Smith reported a 40-time of 4.46 seconds). I know I'm a good player but just like anyone else I know I have things I can improve on."

Smith has offers from ASU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Florida and Clemson among others. He committed to Utah in January of this year but decommitted a month later ("I wasn't really ready to commit then and I committed too early."). Smith will continue his visit circuit with a trip to Tennessee on Monday and later in the week plans to visit Mississippi State and Ole Miss. He did however admit that currently two schools stand out the most to him.

"Right now it's between Arizona State and Tennessee," Smith remarked. "After I visit Ole Miss on Wednesday I will decide that weekend. After those visits I will sit down with my family and talk things over and see what the best school is for me."

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