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Monday, January 14, 2013
CB Smith talks Tide visit, new DBs coach

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- If you wanted to know where Tim Williams was going before Monday, you should’ve asked ESPN 150 cornerback Maurice Smith. The Alabama commitment spent all weekend with Williams in Tuscaloosa while the two were on their official visits, and Williams shared the news of his commitment with Smith on Saturday.

Williams waited until Monday to go public with his decision, but either way, Smith was excited about the new addition.

“I was very happy and pleased, because I had seen him at the Under Armour game, and I really liked his work ethic, and I believe that he’ll be a great asset to our class in 2013,” Smith said.

The two future Tide players also spent the majority of the weekend with fellow Alabama commitment, ESPN 150 running back Altee Tenpenny.

“We hung out the whole time,” Smith said. “We all three came together and said that it was a very good trip. It was a beneficial trip for all three of us. For Tim to commit, that was big. Me and Altee, we were very pleased with him making his decision to come get on a team that could possibly do something in the next year or so.”

When Smith wasn’t hanging out with his future teammates, he and his family toured the campus, met with his academic advisor and ate -- a lot.

“We ate quite a lot,” he said. “When we weren’t out with our host, we were always eating some type of food, which was great.”

Smith also had the opportunity to sit down with the coaching staff. The coach that stood out the most wasn’t head coach Nick Saban or his recruiting coordinator, Doug Nussmeier. It was new defensive backs’ coach Greg Brown.

“Me and my parents got to sit down and talk with Coach Brown, the new defensive backs coach, to see where he was on coaching, how he’d be coaching me in the future and stuff like that,” Smith said.

“Me and my dad, we always talk to the defensive backs coach and pick his brain. We were really pleased with his coaching ability. He really seemed like he knew what he was doing.”

After returning home, Smith said he’s still going to talk with his parents about the possibility of taking any more visits. However, the trip to Alabama was a success.

"It was just a great overall visit,” he said. "Getting to talk to the coaches, the recruits and all the players, it was a successful weekend.”