- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
The Sugar Land Dulles four-star cornerback has stayed in touch with Davis throughout the spring but had no idea he was planning to travel to Austin on Friday morning to deliver his pledge to the Longhorns.
Davis’ decision raises questions about to where Smith stands in Texas’ recruiting plans.
On Thursday, UT assistant Oscar Giles visited Dulles and informed Smith and coach Jim Creech that the Longhorns planned to offer four-star athlete Chevoski Collins (Livingston, Texas/Livingston) as a defensive back.
Smith’s father, Maurice Smith Sr., said Giles also told them Texas planned to take two in-state defensive backs. Davis, Smith and Collins are the only ones who have been offered so far.
“He didn’t feel like it was a pressure thing,” Smith Sr. said. “He did feel like they kind of wanted him to let them know which direction he was go.”
Whether it was an ultimatum or not, Smith Sr. said his son doesn’t plan to speed up his decision in order to avoid missing his spot in Texas’ 2013 class.
“He’s going to go ahead and wait,” Smith Sr. said. “If that’s the case, they have to do what’s best for them. If Collins commits and that’s it, then basically we’ll just have to move on.”
The ESPN 150 corner doesn’t plan to make a decision in the near future. He may even wait to announce his choice at the Under Armour All-America Game.
Will Texas still be an option whenever that day arrives?
“To be honest, Maurice still loves Texas and feels like it’s always going to be there even if he doesn’t commit there,” Smith Sr. said. “But I think the problem is, he’s not getting offers from small schools. These are big-time schools that he’s always watched on television that are saying, ‘We want you.’”
Another program joined the fray on Friday when Smith received an offer from Ohio State. Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman visited Dulles earlier this week.
All the new interest -- Smith now holds more than 20 offers -- has complicated what was once an easy decision.
“This is what we do know: Had Texas offered when he was down there for that junior day, Maurice probably would’ve already committed,” his father said. “He and Sheroid [Evans] are friends. He didn’t want to go nowhere else. He’s always been interested in going to his dream school.”
But a slew of major programs, led by his current leader Alabama, showed more interest in the time between that junior day and when Texas secondary coach Duane Akina finally offered on April 2.
Smith, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior, is ranked 89th on the ESPN 150 and No. 10 among cornerbacks.
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