The line of reasoning behind Markel Smith's de-commitment from Missouri has been around for a while. That's not to say it's not factual. It's just the standard line in modern recruiting.
According to Smith, his broken pledge is nothing personal. It's not even the product anything the Missouri program did. It's just that he rushed his decision. You know, all that jazz. He views his choice as a simple but healthy step back.
"I'm just going to look around to make sure I didn't make a mistake or anything like that," said Smith, a running back at St. Louis' St. John Vianney High School. "At a young age, it was like 'oh, they offered me a D-I scholarship, I better just take it.' So now I'm going to look around, but I'm not sure where. I'll look at whatever comes up for me. It's nothing against Mizzou.
"Even the Mizzou fans on Twitter just told me they understood and really hoped I ended up there. They were great. There was no negativity or anything personal that I saw."
For now, Smith is focused on camps, not campus visits. He has no plans to check out other schools in the near future. Instead, he's concerned with upcoming appearances at the Nike Football Training Camp and the Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under-Armour. He'll compete in both in the coming month in an effort to raise his recruiting stock.
He doesn't mind going into detail about his plans for the summer circuit. When it's time to talk about what the future of his recruitment may hold, though, Smith becomes reserved. When asked which schools have been in touch since he de-committed from Mizzou, he simply grabs a nearby stack of letters and starts reading.
"Just today, I've got here … Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, Army, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ball State. I've got Oklahoma here. I got Ohio State. I got Oklahoma again. I haven't really talked to anyone on the phone for a while. My coach probably has, but he hasn't relayed those messages to me."
So the question, at least for now, is: does Missouri still lead in Smith's recruitment.
"Right now, I would say that Missouri, Ole Miss and Iowa are pretty even," Smith said. "They are pretty much tied right now. I only have four offers, so it's not like I have a wide variety right now."
Smith was Missouri's first commitment in the 2014 class.