Alabama defensive back, Maurice Smith, made news recently, after being granted a release from the University of Alabama. Since he completed his degree in three years, Smith will be considered a graduate-transfer, allowing him to play immediately.
Smith revealed in our brief encounter at the University of Alabama Student Recreation Center that he was highly considering transferring to the University of Miami. He was accompanied by a teammate. The two discussed Smith's transfer process.
According to our conversation, Smith loved the outlook of Coach Richt, and already has a relationship with Diaz, from his days at Texas.
During the conversation, Smith noted several reasons for being interested in Miami such as their uniform options, the professional training to play at the next level, and a need for defensive backs. At Alabama, Smith saw limited playing time, despite being ranked as the nation's fifth best cornerback (Scout.com) in the class of 2013.
Smith is certainly the strongest d-back on the Crimson Tide's roster, registering a 405-pound bench press. Smith played in 26 games during his first two years with the Crimson Tide, but only saw two starts at corner. During this year's showdown with Auburn, Smith made numerous impressive plays, including a huge sack on a DB blitz. He was primarily utilized as a dime back in this game. He also recovered a fumble to finish the game.
Given his limited body of work, it is hard to say how Smith would perform at another school. He is an incredibly hard worker, vocal leader (according to teammates), and made quite an impact on special teams for coach Nick Saban.
Smith also revealed that he was interested in Maryland, and noted that former Alabama defensive coordinator - and current Georgia Bulldogs head coach - Kirby Smart spoke to him about defensive back roles.