May 23, 2012

Championships matter to Paige

PENSACOLA, Fla. | Mike Smith picked up the phone earlier this year, dialing up his former college coach to let him know about a player, who at the time was flying a bit under the radar. Smith wanted to make sure he did his part to help his player get the attention he deserved.

On the other end of the phone was University of Alabama assistant Lance Thompson, who once coached Smith at Georgia Tech.

'Coach, I've got a guy here you need to take a look at,' Smith told Thompson.

According to Smith, Washington High School football coach, that's really when Alabama got serious for recent 2013 Crimson Tide commitment Darius Paige. Paige became UA's 13th commitment last Friday night when he pledged his intentions to sign with the defending national champions.

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