Kilgore (Texas) Junior College three-star defensive tackle Byron Smith is home in Bryan, Texas, preparing to enjoy a little rest and relaxation during the Christmas holiday.
However, thoughts about Santa Claus and presents for his family aren’t the only thing dancing in his head. Figuring out what he’s going to do with his future is still weighing heavily on his mind.
If you would have asked him about his future back in mid-November the answer would have been clearly the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Smith, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound all-conference selection and honorable mention All-America pick, committed to the Huskers after an official visit on November 14.
However, ever since the Huskers fired Frank Solich, Smith’s world has been turned upside down. Instead of knowing what’s for sure is going to happen, Smith has decided to take a look at a few other schools that have been recruiting him.
“My top two are Nebraska and Oklahoma,” Smith said.
“I’ve already visited Nebraska, and I’m going to visit Oklahoma on January 23. I’m also going to visit Arizona on January 16.”
When asked if he should still be listed as a Nebraska commitment, Smith didn’t answer the question directly and turned again to saying that Nebraska and Oklahoma are his top two teams.
“I really can’t say if I’m committed right now,” he said. “My top two choices are Nebraska and Oklahoma.
"Coach Gill from Nebraska and I talk about twice a week. He keeps telling me that nobody has interviewed for the job.”
When Smith committed in November he mentioned he picked the Huskers over Florida and Texas A&M, so where did Oklahoma and Arizona come from?
“Coach Wyatt at Oklahoma visited with my school in the spring and has been recruiting me ever since,” he said.
“He’s a nice guy. He told me they were going to come back and recruit me, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. I got onto Arizona when Mike Stoops went to Arizona. I’ve talked to him on the phone. He sounds like a great guy on the phone.”
Smith was second on his team in tackles and sacks. He had 67 tackles and 9 ½ sacks.