Marshall, Texas, safety Micahh Smith had a lot of different options as the 2016 recruiting roared to a finish, but he found just what he was looking for at Arkansas.
Smith (6-0, 200), who is on his official visit to Fayetteville this weekend, got an offer from Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema on Friday and committed to the Razorbacks on Saturday to become the school's 19th pledge of the class.
“He (Bielema) believed in me above all of the other safeties they could have chosen," Smith said. "They gave me a lot of good feedback to give to my mom and think that I could be a huge player for Arkansas.”
“He wants me to play for him and believes I am more explosive than some of the players. He has recently recruited and believes I can make a big impact for the hogs."
Smith noted Sunday at the end of his visit that Arkansas checked off with all the things he was looking for in a school.
The weekend was pretty good, they treated me well It’s a nice environment, they showed me everything I wanted in a school and a little bit extra so It’s good to have it end and have all the stress gone," Smith said.
Smith called his mom after getting to Arkansas and making his decision.
"She was excited," Smith said. "She was pretty elated about the decision, about the coaches because she’s been hearing about them and talking to them. When I finally said yes it was a relief for her too."
Smith's host this weekend was current Razorback secondary member Kevin Richardson.
"He just told me it was a special opportunity that not a lot of people get and when you spend your time here it’s going to be worth it and in the end whatever you do it’s going to be great," Smith said.
Just minutes before Smith's commitment, Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County linebacker Dee Walker (6-3, 210) pledged to the Razorbacks.
Smith had 120 tackles this season was well as 3 interceptions, one forced fumble and two recoveries.
Oklahoma State and Baylor are two of the schools that were trying to get him to take a visit to their school this weekend as his recruitment heated up late.
"Yes sir it has been," Smith said. "It has been a long process talking to bigger schools like Oklahoma State, Baylor, and what not. I believe I can do it and they believe I can do it."
He believes that playing high school football in Texas gives him an advantage
"Playing in Texas is way bigger football than anywhere else, " Smith said. "In Texas you play with the big boys. The big, fast dudes and I excelled at that level and can excel at this one, too.”