- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
One thing cornerback Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles) does not lack is confidence. He said a couple of months ago that he felt he was one of the two best corners in Texas for the 2013 class.
Following his performance at the Nike Football Training Camp event on Sunday, it is becoming tough to doubt him. Smith, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds and on the ESPNU Watch List, was one of four players from the camp to earn an invite to The Opening and was the only defensive back to earn the honor.
Smith has 13 offers and received one from Oklahoma in February. After visiting the Sooners’ junior day on March 3, he said he thought about committing on the spot.
Unfortunately for OU fans, Smith has elected to wait, which has also allowed teams like Notre Dame, Alabama, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt to enter the picture.
Even though more programs are seeking Smith, he hasn’t forgotten about the Sooners.
“I definitely still like OU,” he said. “When I went there, it felt great. I connected with [OU linebackers] coach [Tim] Kish like you’ve never seen. He is a real good coach and person.”
One thing Smith can't do is lock down his schedule. He said things are changing on a near-daily basis, and it’s too hard for him to set an agenda for unofficial visits.
Smith knows where he’ll be this weekend, though, as he said he will attend LSU’s spring game Saturday and Texas’ spring game Sunday.
Smith has an offer from the Tigers but is still seeking one from the Longhorns. Texas has not offered a defensive back for the 2013 class but Smith has been in constant communication with the Longhorns staff and is on their short list of potential offers.
From there, Smith is not sure where he will be headed. It is possible, though, that a return trip to Norman, Okla., for OU’s Red-White game April 14 will be on his itinerary.
“There is definitely a chance I will be there. Everything is so [up] in the air right now,” Smith said. “My little brother really wants me to go to OU so I know he would be happy.”
Smith said he had no idea the process would be this crazy for him. He said his family has been the biggest reason things are still going smooth.
“I’m trying to enjoy this as much as possible,” Smith said. “My parents are doing everything they can to make it as stress-free as possible. I know it’s a big decision to make and then pretty soon it will be time for my little brother to start going through everything.”
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