April 5, 2012

Smart Takes In Houston

The Houston Cougars have seen a bit of a renewed presence in the state of Louisiana in term of recruiting over the last few seasons, they've already landed one commitment from the Pelican State and continue to eye even more for the class of 2013.

One player to keep an eye on as the process moves forward could be Baton Rouge (LA) Scotlandville Magnet High School defensive tackle Tanzel Smart, who is enjoying the recruiting process thus far.

"The recruiting process is going good," the talented defender told CougarsDen. "I just got a new offer from North Texas and I'm getting a lot of interest from other schools who say they want to come check me out over the spring, so I'm really looking forward to that."

The Louisiana native recently made the trek from Baton Rouge over to Houston to take in the Cougars' junior day and came away impressed and eager to see more from Houston.

"I really enjoyed my visit," Smart said. "There weren't really a lot of recruits there, they told us they didn't want to waste anyone's time and we were all important recruits. The defensive line coach told me that they really liked my speed and that's what they were looking for in their defense."

Smart has taken in a handful of junior days trying to learn as much as he can about some of the colleges he is considering.

"I went to junior days at LSU, ULL, South Alabama and Houston," the talented defensive tackle said. "Really they were kind of the same to me, they would just introduce us all to the school and I liked them all but they were pretty much the same."

While Smart admits his visits were all relatively the same, he did come away impressed with the University of Houston after his visit last weekend.

"The thing Houston really impressed me with was their presentation," he added. "They only lost one game last season and it's really not too far from home, it's only about five hours away from Baton Rouge, I don't know if that's where I'll go yet, but in terms of distance and everything that would be okay with me."

Smart took part in the Army National Combine in San Antonio and has plans for a few more camps this summer.

"I was at the Army Combine a few months ago," he said. "I feel like I did real well, it was a good experience going up against some of the nation's best talent. I'm also planning on going to the Nike Football Training Combine in June."

Though he doesn't have a slew of offers he is hearing from quite a few big programs.

"I've been hearing from a lot of schools but I hear the most from Colorado, Louisiana-Lafayette and Houston," the 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle said.

While things are still relatively open in terms of Smart's recruitment he does have one school that stands out above all the rest.

"I really want LSU to offer me," Smart told CougarsDen. "I grew up watching them and I've been a fan all my life. Aside from that I don't really have a top three or top five or anything. Once I get all of my offers in I can sit down and really think about it and come up with a top three or top five."

Smart has no timetable for when he will make his college decision so those schools eyeing his services could be in for a long wait.

"I don't really have a timetable but I think it will probably be after football season," he added.

Smart earned first-team all-district honors after he recorded 95 tackles, 18 quarterback hurries and four-and-a-half sacks during his junior season and hopes to improve upon those numbers in 2012.

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