After losing to Kansas State at home for the first time since 1968, many Nebraska fans are looking for a ray of sunshine or for a silver lining on the dark cloud. After a long weekend of tracking recruits down that visited Lincoln this weekend, one was found.
“I committed to Nebraska right before I left,” said three-star junior college defensive tackle Byron Smith said. “I’m done taking visits, and they’re all going to be canceled. I’ve made up my mind. Nebraska is the place for me. I already feel like I’m part of their family.”
Smith, who is 6-foot-2 and 295 pounds, is a three-star selection from Kilgore (Texas) Kilgore J.C. He played high school football at Bryan and was going to also take official visits to Texas A&M and Florida. Both A&M and Florida had offered him scholarships, he said.
But after spending time with his host, Demarrio Williams, who also played his junior college ball at Kilgore, no more visits are needed.
“Demarrio is kind of a legend at Kilgore,” Smith said.
“I met him one time for just a few minutes, so I was really looking forward to meeting him again. He was straight up with me and he didn’t beat around the bush. He told me I would like it here at Nebraska, and I know he was telling the truth.”
Smith’s commitment is the 13th known commitment for the Huskers and the first junior college player in the Class of 2004.