July 28, 2006

Knoxville's Smith Still Taking His Time

Having yourself identified as one of the top high school football players in the nation can be a heady experience, and enjoyable for the most part. However, owning that tag as a 'can't miss player' who also happens to have a big-time program in his own backyard can spice up the recruiting process with a good bit of drama if you're not inclined to be the sort to make an early commitment, as Knox Catholic's Harrison Smith is finding out.

Smith (6-foot-2, 201 pounds, 4.38 40-yard dash) has been a prominent Tennessee target since the very earliest stages of the recruiting process for the '07 Class, and it goes without sayng that he's become a familiar name with many fans as well. It's not often that Knoxville produces big-time football talent, and when it does, it's hard for the locals to accept the fact that Tennessee might not be the only game in town for the prospect in question.

In Smith's case, Tennessee is certainly involved in the chase to land him, but with football season about to get underway all over the country with fall practice starting up, Smith isn't in any real rush to shorten his list of suitors and start eliminating teams.

During the spring and early part of the summer, he was as active as probably any prospect in the nation in terms of getting out and making unofficial visits to various programs. To this point he's been to Boston College, Notre Dame, Auburn, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Georgia and Tennessee (numerous times). All those trips have given him plenty of information, but they haven't made his decision a whole lot easier.

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