November 18, 2007
Two-star LB backs out of Baylor pledge
Fresh off of a season-ending loss in the playoffs to Houston Stratford, Jarvis Smith has some thinking to do. The two-star linebacker has been committed to Baylor since all the way back in March of 2007 but with the recent news of Guy Morriss' firing, things could be changing for Smith.
"It's going to be a tough decision about that," Smith said of the Baylor commitment. "I'm probably leaning close to staying close to home at [University of Houston] or something. Maybe LSU. I'm leaving the door open. I'm probably going to open it all the way back up."
With his recruitment back open, Smith should have plenty of options as several schools have been staying in contact and extending offers.
"TCU, OSU, Kansas and Kansas State have been talking to me," he said. "I've got offers from LSU, TCU and OSU is supposed to offer me tomorrow. Baylor is still a top five school for me but not number one anymore."
Smith has had a big senior season for Houston (Texas) Chavez. After playing junior varsity as a junior due to transfer rules, he has made the most of his senior season and led his team to its first winning season in school history and a second consecutive trip to the playoffs. A big part of the success was some newfound confidence.
"We came out knowing that we can beat the teams that we play," Smith said. "We knew we had the same athletes as they did. We had a lot more confidence because we hit the weight rooms earlier. We start back in the weight room on Monday."
Smith is a center fielder on the baseball team, but aside from baseball he has some specific goals for the offseason.
"I want to put on more weight and get my 40 down," he said. "Right now I run a 4.5 but I want to get it down to a 4.4 or a 4.3."
With no official visits scheduled as of yet, the speedy linebacker will have plenty to think about in the coming months and clearly one of the things he is interested in is what the coaching staff has to say.
"I'm going to wait and see what happens," he said. "Getting to know the coaching staff is important to me. I hope Baylor hires a coach with a winning attitude that wants to win and is willing to do whatever it takes to win."
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