i'm hearing not neccesarily the opposite, but my source from within the program (i still know a lot of folks at Catholic from my days there) have said he really is torn right now. i guess we'll just wait and see.
Harrison Smith knows what everyone is saying. He knows that some recruiting analysts have labeled him a surefire Golden Domer. Some say Tennessee is already eliminated.
Smith isn't ready to confirm the rumors.
"I'm not a silent commitment like everybody says," the 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete from Catholic High School said after returning from an unofficial weekend visit to South Bend, Ind. "I like Notre Dame. I'm still not decided. I'm not a lock anywhere right now."
Asked if the Fighting Irish had even taken the lead, Smith said, "I'd say it's still pretty much even."
It's only another opinion but this poster on an ND board says something that I have been thinking in the back of my mind for some time now:
Re: Vol fan here...
No inside info here but both came to visit ND this weekend. Each has been up to visit multiple times.
"It is hard to tell what each guy values most.
UT offers both a chance to play at home but ND offers Donald and probably Smith the chance to play early. ND has a higher graduation rate and national following with upgraded facilities. UT has a great stadium, facilities, an SEC schedule, and they probably have more established friendships with guys on the team.
It is always tough to pull kids out of states where there is a good public school team whether it is Texas, USC, Tennessee, Georgia, etc. I would say that two things are in our favor in my opinion. The fact that both have made multiple visits with their families. The longer they wait, the more likely they choose ND. It is hard to deal with the local folks when you go out of state. String them along and make your decision in January and you have less to deal with.
I have been thinking about how everyone jumped on Brandon Warren last year (BTW it still pisses me off when I see him making plays for the Criminoles). I have a sneaking suspicion that some/all of the as yet uncommitted top in-state prospects who are highly sought by the Vols are keeping mum for the sole reason that they don't want to deal with the repurcussions of committing elsewhere. I have said before that if these guys really are UT fans and plan to come to UT anyway then they should go ahead and commit because those commitments will likely lead some other highly rated prospects UT's way. I'm just not feeling like the Vols are going to get 4-5* in-state kids this year (other than maybe some of the 3* guys who have already committed being upgraded). Hope I'm wrong on this though.
In a KNS article today Smith says that there is no silent committment to ND. He says the teams are still even, and that gameday in Knoxville is a little more electric than ND. Also states that he prefers the freshman dorm situation at UT more than ND's set up.