Smith 'confused' after Marrone move

Laray Smith was all but set to announce his commitment to Syracuse during the Semper Fidelis All-American game, but something told him to hold off. After Sunday morning, it was apparent that he made the right call and he details why inside.

Laray Smith has had quite the week.

He flew out to California for the Semper Fidelis All-American game and had a solid week of practice, leading up to what was thought to be his commitment to Syracuse during the game. However, he decided not to announce at the last minute before Friday's game.

"It was a great experience out there," he admitted Sunday. "I'm just glad I can relax some, now."

One would associate Smith's relaxation physically considering the week of practice and cross-country trip, but mental fatigue set in towards the latter part of the week surrounding his commitment status. The rumors of Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone bolting the school for the NFL caused him to hesitate.

"I was kind of waiting to see," Smith admitted, adding that he was relieved he didn't commit after news broke Sunday morning that Marrone would be the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

With the in-state Orange as his leader going into the week and its head coach now gone, what now?

"I'm not really sure, I'm kind of confused right now," said the three-star Brooklyn (N.Y.) Xaverian standout. "I had a good relationship with him (Marrone) and he's gone.

"I have to see who the next coach is."

Smith was not only close to the New York native in Marrone, but his area-recruiter John Anselmo now becomes a question-mark along with the rest of the Syracuse staff.

"Anselmo called me yesterday, he didn't know about it (Marrone)," he said. "If he's around, I won't feel as uncomfortable."

The news Sunday allowed others schools in the mix for Smith to move up the latter and close the gap between themselves and SU.

"They're getting a bump up. I'm going to talk to them more now," said the speedy running back. "We're going to go over the schools again soon with my family.

"WVU (West Virginia), Oregon, Syracuse, UConn (Connecticut). It's all even now."

As far as a timetable for a decision or official visits plans, nothing is definite at this point.

Said Smith, "To be honest, I'm really not sure."

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