If you're going to find a high school program to mine for talent, Prattville High School in Prattville, Ala. would be a good place to look. Already with two players on its 2009 roster from the Alabama juggernaut, Arkansas State recently added two more in cornerback Cedric Smith and linebacker Quashan Lee.
"Yes sir, I committed to Arkansas State," Smith said on Tuesday evening.
The commitments came from both players not long after an unofficial visit to the Arkansas State campus for a close loss to Troy. The trip left Smith feeling like he was at home.
"I felt like it was going to be a great place for me," he said. "I liked the environment and I like the college so I thought I'd make a decision. The stadium was nicer than I thought it was going to be so there's that that pulled me to it too. When I went it just felt like home so when it feels like home that's where you gotta go."
On the same trip, Lee walked away feeling similar sentiments of being at home.
"I like how everything works down there," Lee said. "It feels like home. I've got two former players that are there and it's a good place to be and the atmosphere is good too. I talked it over with my parents and my coach and everything and it went great so I made a decision."
Both Lee and Smith had similar college choices with interest from the likes of UAB, Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern and Southern Illinois. Smith chose the Red Wolves over offers from Southern Illinois, Georgia Southern and Nichols State. Lee picked the program over offers from Georgia State, Nichols State and The Citadel.
While both are excited about the opportunity, smith is still considering official visits to Western Kentucky and UAB while Lee stated, "I'm still going to be looking around but right now, I'm with Arkansas State. That's my home."
The Prattville duo has helped its team to a 4-2 mark while playing one of the nation's toughest schedules. With state championships the standard at Prattville, Lee and Smith expect no less this fall.
"We're playing great," Lee said. "I've gotta keep it up and make myself and my team better."