Alabama Quarterback On His Visit To New Orleans

Alabama Quarterback On His Visit To New Orleans

Smelly and a teammate, wide receiver Jeff Ogren, were among the nearly 200 prospects articipating in the event, which featured rising senior prospects and a select group of underclassmen

Among the quarterbacks showcasing their assets at the Scout.com-Competitive Edge Sports combine on Tulane's practice fields last Saturday was Chris Smelley of American Christian Academy in Northport, Alabama. Smelly and a teammate, wide receiver Jeff Ogren, were among the nearly 200 prospects participating in the event, which featured rising senior prospects and a select group of underclassmen.

Smelley is considered to be among the top tier of quarterback prospects in the country.
Northport is a suburb of Tuscaloosa.

The interest of members of theTulane coaching staff In the dynamic Northport duo Saturday was unmistakeable. And at Tulane, they know quarterbacks. The last three Tulane starting quarterbacks are in the NFL: Shawn King, Patrick Ramsey, and J.P. Losman. The current starter, junior Lester Ricard, is certainly a pro prospect with size and arm to be a keeper for an NFL franchise.

TI caught up with Chris Smelley during a trip to Chicago Thursday. Here's what the quarterback prodigy had to say.
TI: Chris, What were your impressions of New Orleans and the Tulane campus?
CS: A great city, beautiful. The streets with the oak trees? Just beautiful country down there. I loved it. And the Tulane campus was really nice. I really enjoyed the time down there.

TI: I know you've been interviewed a lot, I just want to go over some of the recruiting stuff with you. What schools are you hearing from?
CS: I'm hearing from a lot of schools. A lot. I'm hearing the most from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Tulane.

TI: Which schools have already offered?
CS: I've gotten offers from Tulane, LSU and Memphis.

TI: Which schools do you have the most interest in?
CS: I don't have any order of preference. The top four or five would include in no particular order - Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Clemson. That's the top 4.

TI: Is there any possibility that you and your teamamte Jeff Ogren, would want to play together at the same college?
CS: It's possible. We've talked a little bit about it, how'd it be. It would be a neat experience continuing playing together. It all depends upon how it shakes out. Depends on who offers who, It would be awesome if we could stay together.

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