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“He and his older brother had dissected about 10 different universities, and Wisconsin’s business school just stood out with him,” Samuel, who works in real estate, told Land of 10. “When he made his decision at Wisconsin, he had a pretty good idea ...


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Brad Fedle/247Sports Jesse Temple Posted 3 days ago var mapping = []; mapping.push( [[1, 1], [728, 90]] ); var adWidget = { sponsorId: ', conference: ', contentType: ', slotId: 'AS10', containerId: 'widget-ad-cmgads-7', sizes: [728, 90], mapping: mapping, hideIfSponsored: false, isContentResponsive: false, display: 'Desktop' }; //console.log(adWidget); if (adWidget.slotId && adWidget.slotId !== ') { _cmg_registered_custom_ads.push(adWidget); } Alex Smith gained a hands-on education in two areas at a young age that helped prepare him to make a college decision: the value of hard work and the importance of understanding businessSmith, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback from Culver City, Calif., is one of 20 signees in Wisconsin’s 2018 football recruiting classBut his dad, Samuel, is quick to point out that he became a member of the Badgers’ program for reasons that go beyond football. var mapping = []; mapping.push( [[1,1],[[300,250],[320,50]]] ); var adWidget = { sponsorId: ', conference: ', contentType: ', slotId: 'AS10', containerId: 'widget-ad-cmgads-2', sizes: [[300,250][320,50]], mapping: mapping, hideIfSponsored: false, isContentResponsive: false, display: 'Mobile' }; //console.log(adWidget); if (adWidget.slotId && adWidget.slotId !== ') { _cmg_registered_custom_ads.push(adWidget); } Alex’s mom, Quintella, owns three Southern-style creole restaurants in the Los Angeles areaAs a result, Alex was indoctrinated into that world several years ago, assisting in every way he could between school and football to learn how businesses operated from the back endHe unloaded vans full of goods, put potatoes, sugar and produce in their proper storage containers, cleared the tables and seated patrons as a restaurant hostAll of those experiences played a part when it came time for Alex to pick a school“He and his older brother had dissected about 10 different universities, and Wisconsin’s business school just stood out with him,” Samuel, who works in real estate, told Land of 10“When he made his decision at Wisconsin, he had a pretty good idea of what he was looking for in a program“I think the key thing was when we visited Wisconsin, academics was before footballEvery person we sat down with, they expressed, ‘Your son can get an education and a degree here, and that’s our main focus.’ And one of the coaches said, ‘The only way you leave Wisconsin after four years without a degree is you just don’t want one.'” Alex Smith, a four-year honor roll student who three times has been named a scholar-athlete, is eager to apply what he has learned off the field when he arrives at WisconsinBut he is equally excited about what Wisconsin’s football program can provideSmith earned scholarship offers from Army, Navy, Boston College, Idaho, Cal Poly and WisconsinHe got the Wisconsin offer in late May and committed two weeks later after visiting campusSmith was supposed to see a couple of schools after a family trip to Madison but decided he didn’t need to go anywhere else. var mapping = []; mapping.push( [[1,1],[300,250]] ); var adWidget = { sponsorId: ', conference: ', contentType: ', slotId: 'AS02', containerId: 'widget-ad-cmgads-3', sizes: [300,250], mapping: mapping, hideIfSponsored: false, isContentResponsive: false, display: 'Mobile' }; //console.log(adWidget); if (adWidget.slotId && adWidget.slotId !== ') { _cmg_registered_custom_ads.push(adWidget); } He cited the program’s winning tradition and reputation for working hard as factors in his decision“When I took my trip in the summer of 2017, it just felt like home,” Smith said“As soon as I got off the plane, as soon as I got to the campus, everything just felt so rightIt was that feeling that I felt in my heartFrom meeting the coaching staff, the people in the town, meeting the players, seeing the facility, seeing the tour of the school, it felt like a home away from home.” Culver City High football coach Jahmal Wright said opposing quarterbacks threw at Smith often during his junior season because his teammate, senior Mekhi Ware, had developed a reputation for being a shutdown cornerWare went on to play defensive back at Indiana StateSmith finished that season with 64 tackles, 1 interception and 5 total touchdowns to earn second-team All-Ocean League recognitionHe also was named a team captain as a junior, one season after earning team MVP honors as a sophomoreAlex Smith’s senior-season highlights Wright’s connection to Wisconsin wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore ultimately led Smith to the BadgersWright played tight end at Kansas, and his position coach in 1999 was GilmoreWhen it became clear Smith had the skills to be an FBS player, Wright told Gilmore he would send Wisconsin’s coaches film on Smith“I don’t call him unless I know I have a bona fide, really good player that’s a good student-athlete and I know can compete on that level,” Wright said“I thought Alex could compete on that levelAs soon as they looked at the film, they loved AlexThey loved his sizeThey loved his junior film and the potential he hadIt just went from there.” var mapping = []; 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