January 31, 2007

Smith rises to occasion

Kevin Kopecky knows this mix can be volatile.

The St. Thomas Aquinas head coach has watched talented seniors wilt in recruiting's spotlight, forgetting the reasons why college programs came calling in the first place. But Kopecky has seen college football's talent grab trigger the opposite reaction too, like it did with linebacker [db]Brian Smith[/db], who committed to Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Smith chose the Irish over Iowa, where he originally committed in August. Notre Dame re-entered the picture late last week with a scholarship offer to the Irish legacy. Smith's father Chris played fullback for Notre Dame from 1981-84.

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