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Friday, May 24, 2013
Louisiana DT jumps on Alabama offer

By Kipp Adams

Defensive tackle O.J. Smith (Bossier City, La./Airline) wasted little time in accepting an offer from Alabama, knowing a chance to play for the back-to-back national champions does not come very often.

“I committed to Alabama head coach Nick Saban,” Smith said on Friday. “I picked the Tide because it is a great fit for me and what I do.”

Smith, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive tackle, had 66 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and four sacks last year. While he was just starting to see his recruitment pick up, it was obvious Alabama has high hopes for the emerging defensive lineman.

“Coach Saban got really excited when I gave him the news,” Smith said. “He told me I was the most explosive defensive tackle he had seen since Marcell Dareus. He said I am the best one he has seen this year.”

The Tide are on a roll when it comes to adding talent on defense. Smith is the sixth consecutive commitment on defense for Alabama's 2014 class, which has seven commitments overall and is ranked No. 9 in the ESPN class rankings. Smith could also help Alabama when it comes to its top quarterback target, four-star prospect Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway), as the two are close friends. Harris is coming off a visit to LSU.