When Alabama lines up Saturday against Michigan at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, several athletes residing in the Lone Star State are expected to be in attendance for the big game.
One of those confirmed athletes is ESPN 150 cornerback and Under Armour All-American Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles), an Alabama commit who also had an offer from Michigan. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback, who participated in The Opening in July, said he is solid on his pledge to the Crimson Tide, but he added he’ll be looking at one thing in particular with members of both defensive secondary units.
“[I’ll look at] how they react when they get beat,” Smith said, “and their off-man coverage.”
Smith, ranked No. 83 overall and No. 12 among all cornerbacks in the 2013 class, said he definitely will keep a close eye on Alabama, and one player he’ll monitor was in his shoes last year. Crimson Tide freshman Landon Collins, the top-ranked safety in the 2012 recruiting class, was an Under Armour All-American who also was an ESPN 150 player.
“I would like to see how his game has improved and how he does overall,” Smith said of Collins, who was ranked No. 6 overall in the class.