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Tight End Prospect Alex Smith Gives Michigan Another Look

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The WolverineCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2009

Standout tight end prospect Alex Smith had offers from LSU, Miami, PSU, and Michigan, yet decided to commit to Cincinnati in late February. Things have changed.

"When I committed, everything seemed right and felt right for me at Cincinnati," Smith (Lakota West High) told Scout.com. "I had such a strong bond with coach (Mike) Elston (who played for Michigan in the mid '90s), and while I understand he'll still be around coaching the defensive line, it's not the same as him being the coach responsible for my growth as a tight end. So it's kind of opened up now with a lot of family influence as to what I should (do)."

It turns out the Wolverines never really gave up.

"(Michigan) really never stopped recruiting me," Smith said. "(Michigan assistant) coach (Jay) Hopson has been by my school twice. It was good meeting up with coaches and everything. I got to meet with (Inkster's) Devin Gardner and talk with him about the whole thing and get his viewpoint, which was pretty neat. I'd like to play with a big-time QB."

Smith loved his visit to Ann Arbor and his experience meeting coaches Calvin Magee and Rich Rodriguez. He remains skeptical of Coach Rodriguez's use of the tight end. That will likely change this year with the emergence of Kevin Koger and Michigan's not-so-secret trip to Oklahoma to learn aspects of the spread offense attack incorporating the tight end, as Sam Bradford and Oklahoma do.

Smith is also considering Wisconsin, which has been marketing its tight end-friendly squad.

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