Maurice Smith: Texas is 'my dream school'


Who’s the best junior cornerback in the state of Texas?

There might not be a consensus answer this year, but Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles) has to think he’s in the running for the title.

“It’s either me or another kid, Antwuan Davis,” Smith said. “I’m very competitive. Everywhere I go, I want to make sure I stand out and reach my potential. I know how good I can do. I don’t like to get beat in anything.”

And Smith is looking forward to meeting Bastrop’s Davis and a handful of other defensive backs at Texas’ junior day on Saturday.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior is ready to prove he’s one of the corners Texas coaches should offer this weekend. He’s had this big day in mind for a long time.

“I’ve been looking forward to it my whole life, really,” Smith said. “That’s my dream school. If I do get the offer, it’s going to feel like a dream come true. If I don’t, I just have to work harder I guess.”

Would Smith pull the trigger on a commitment if that offer did come his way? He’s hesitant to make a rash decision, particularly because he doesn’t like seeing recruits decommit from schools.

“I come from a family where you don’t do something like that,” he said. “I want to make sure when I commit it’s going to be for a lifetime and something I won’t regret.”

Smith attended Nebraska’s junior day last weekend and is considering offers from, among others, NU, Oklahoma, Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor and Michigan State. He’s also hoping to get one from Oklahoma State in the near future.

Though Texas has always been Smith’s favorite school, Oklahoma isn’t far behind. He has family in the state, and the fact the Sooners already have offered is a plus. If Texas did offer, Smith said he’d face a difficult decision.

“I mean, I have both on top so it would be hard to pick,” he said. “That’s real tough.”