Commitment 101: Alex Smith
The Wisconsin Badgers added two-star cornerback Alex Smith to their 2018 recruiting class Tuesday and filled one of two open spots at the position in this cycle. Here's what Smith's commitment means for head coach Paul Chryst moving forward.
At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Smith brings good size to the cornerback position and is a willing tackler on film. The two-star prospect is also productive in the return game and should give the Badgers another option on special teams. According to MaxPreps, Smith returned 13 kickoffs for 516 yards and three touchdowns last fall.
"You have a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback who is physical and can run," Culver City (CA) head coach Jahmal Wright told BadgerBlitz.com. "He can also help you out in the return game, which he showed as a junior. So you take what he can on the field and match that with the person you're going to have a student ... he's just a no-brainer, in my opinion. He's a no-brainer all the way around."
With his size, Smith could also play nickel or transition to safety, depending on how he develops.
"Wisconsin likes me at corner, which is my main position but I'm willing to move inside to nickel or back to safety if need be," Smith told BadgerBlitz.com. "They loved my all around athleticism, my ball skills, my ability to tackle in space and what I can do with the ball in my hand, which I showed on punt and kick return. They also like my ability to push myself on the field and in the classroom and that I'm a true student athlete."
The biggest question mark could be speed. Smith ran a 11.60-second 100-meter dash as a sophomore, but there's no reason to think he can't improve in that department.
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