Prattville (Ala.) wide receiver Courtney Smith recently committed to UAB.
"What sold me was the people, the fans and the area," Smith said. "I just liked the way everything was going with my recruiting. Squeaky Johnson is my cousin, so I've been there and I know about the campus.
"I knew that it was my school."
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Smith also felt like he had built a solid relationship with George Pugh, his recruiting coach.
"He's a nice guy," Smith said. "He told me the truth about what UAB could do for me."
Smith made his official visit to Birmingham last weekend.
"I had a good time on my visit and I got to meet the entire coaching staff," Smith said. "The whole staff is great. I really felt at home with those guys."
The Blazers also were able to sell the nation's No. 65 wide receiver prospect on reaching the next level from the Conference USA school, a la Atlanta Falcons first round draft pick Roddy White.
"Roddy White really helped me to go there," Smith said. "I liked the idea that he was picked in the first round.
"I think I will be the first pick, though."
UAB's future schedules also were an attractive aspect.
"I've got a chance to do everything I want to do," Smith said. "Tennessee, Georgia Tech, all of those big schools, I can't wait to play them."
He hopes to enroll early and compete for a starting job.
"I like the fact that I am looking at coming in and competing for a starting job."
The 6-foot-4, 192-pounder also held an offer from Memphis and drew early interest from Alabama. He originally is from New Orleans but relocated to Prattville following Hurricane Katrina.