After taking some 48 hours-plus to clear his head, Butler County (Kan.) Community College defensive end and Hawaii native Scott Smith (6-7, 275) said Tuesday night that he now plans to sign a national letter-of-intent on Wednesday.
That will be with either the University of Arkansas or Texas Tech as the mid-term junior college signing date arrives.
"I had planned to go ahead and announce on Monday, but I didn't get back home until about 1 a.m. (from his official visit to Arkansas) and I was just wore out," Smith said. "I just thought I needed to get some sleep, clear my head and make sure about everything because it is a very big decision."
He talked to a coaching friend who thought that was the right thing to do as well for the Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year - a player who spent his freshman season at the University of California before matriculating to the Midwest for junior college.
"I had a great time at Arkansas, but I didn't want to just come home and make that decision like 24 hours after I got back from there," Smith said. "I had a coach who said just take some more time and make sure. So I wanted to sleep on it. I have both school's papers in front of me and I will send one of them out on Wednesday."
Smith, a three-star prospect according to Scout.com and ranked as the nation's fourth-best junior college player according to one recruiting service, would be a huge pick-up for either school as he would be able to go through spring practice.
He had 69 tackles this season with 14 sacks and another 14 tackles for lost yardage.
"Both are great schools and they have told me how I could come in and make an impact right away, which is the key since I am coming from junior college," Smith said. "It's an exciting time for me."
While Razorback and Red Raider fans and a plethora of media have been waiting on the decision, he admits he didn't realize just how many.
"I took my phone over to my grandma's on Monday and left it there," Smith said. "When I went over and got it just a little while ago there were so many calls and texts you wouldn't believe it. I wasn't trying to keep it hid from all you guys. I was just clearing my head. I just wanted to be sure. I will sign the papers on Wednesday at some point and everybody will know what is next for me. I'll call you right away when I do."
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