October 19, 2008

ASU offers Max Smith

Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson offered a scholarship to Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro tight end Max Smith in a phone conversation on Sunday.

Erickson and assistant Grady Stretz were on hand Friday night as Saguaro defeated cross-town rival Scottsdale Chaparral 21-0, with Smith being awarded player of the game honors after catching two touchdowns.

"Coach Stretz told me on Friday morning that the boss (Erickson) was going to be at the game so it gave me even more motivation to go out there and have a big peformance," Smith said.

"I thought I played pretty good but I didn't know what to expect. But I talked to coach (Dan) Cozzetto this morning and he just told me he was out of town but he heard I had a great game and not to be surprised if I got a call from coach Erickson.

"Then about 15 minutes ago coach Erickson called me and just said he thought I played great and that he was offering me a full ride scholarship."

Smith, 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, has favored ASU since the spring. While he did not commit to Erickson immediately, he said that the Sun Devils remain his overwhelming leader.

"I thought the offer was amazing," Smith said. "It's my top school for sure. I want to take my official visit really soon and who knows what will happen then."

Smith said that his top two priorities are securing the support from his family and also making sure he's able to get good academic support at the school he attends.

"The educational part is so important because I'm not the greatest student but I work hard at it and I take it seriously. I want to get my degree and I want to make sure that I will get all the help I need wherever I go.

"I took my parents down to ASU and they were really impressed with the help that the athletes get there. My dad went to [Arizona] and he was really impressed. He used to never even talk about ASU but he's starting to like ASU now I think. My mom went to Stanford and that part of it was really big for her as well."

Smith is also being recruited by Colorado State, Idaho, Oklahoma, San Diego State and UNLV, among others.

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