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Scouts: More scheme-versatility for Bama

6/8/2012

Cornerback was a position the Tide needed to focus on with this 2013 class and they are certainly building young talented depth on the perimeter with a prospect like Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles). This is not a real flashy corner with elite coverage skills but he’s well-rounded in terms of run and pass support and possesses a lot of attributes Nick Saban looks for in his cornerbacks.

In Smith, Alabama is getting a corner with the size, instincts, aggressiveness and range to excel in zone but he also has the hips, speed and pressing skills to hold up in man and eventually match up with bigger SEC receivers one-on-one.That scheme versatility is highly coveted in Saban’s and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart’s complex defense. We do feel he will be most valuable in aggressive underneath schemes than locked on an island without over the top help. Smith also has good deep ball skills and tackling skills, which make safety a possibility down the line in Tuscaloosa if he continues to physically develop.

Alabama needed corners in this class and certainly has a versatile system-fitter in Smith, a great get out of Texas.