Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart celebrates with his team after a forced fumble and turnover during the second half of the 2012 BCS National Championship game against the LSU Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football Recruiting: Maurice Smith Signs with Crimson Tide

Position: Cornerback

Vitals: 5-foot-11, 174 Pounds


  • Rivals: 4 Star; No. 12 Position
  • Scout: 4 Star; No. 5 Position
  • ESPN: 4 Star; No. 12 Position

Other Offers of Interest: Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M

3 Best Attributes: Coverage, Body Control, Hands

I could have gone on and on with Maurice Smith’s list of offers because practically every major college football program was after the four-star cornerback from Sugar Land, Texas, and for good reason. Maurice Smith seems to be the total package as a cover corner. He has great coverage skills with a strong ability to play the ball in the air. If he makes an interception, he’s a threat to take it all the way back for a touchdown.

Smith is very physical at the line of scrimmage, which is something Nick Saban loves in a corner. If you can’t play bump and run, you can’t play corner for Nick Saban. Smith most assuredly can, and he seems like the prototypical corner in Saban and Kirby Smart’s defensive system.

Smith has the ability to come in and compete for playing time on day one, and don’t be surprised if sees the field sooner rather than later. He is simply too talented to sit on the bench for very long.

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