Smith Has Plenty Of Options

Waiting to the second signing period has Darius Smith as one of the hottest prospects in the senior class. We caught up with the talented combo guard to get his take on the recent developments in his recruitment.

Darius Smith is a popular prospect right now.

By holding off on signing in the early period, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound combo guard has positioned himself as one of the best available guards in the 2009 recruiting class.

"I was going to sign with the University of Minnesota, but things didn't go the way I wanted they had already signed a guard," Smith told "So I decided to open up my recruitment."

Now schools across the country are making their way to Chicago (Ill.) Marshall to see Smith. So many schools have shown recent interest that he's opting not to give a list of schools.

"I don't want to name the schools because I don't want to leave anybody out, but the different conferences [with schools showing interest are the] Big Ten, Pac-10, Big East, SEC and ACC," Smith said. "I'm getting calls from a bunch of different schools in different conferences."

Smith, who wants to major in architecture in college, doesn't have a timetable on making a decision, but is in the process of narrowing down his list of schools.

"The process of recruiting is going real well," Smith said. "A lot of schools are calling and coming in, so it's going good."

"As of right now I'm narrowing my schools down, so I haven't set up any visits," Smith continued.

Smith is currently averaging just over 19 points per game for Marshall, who is 11-5 on the year and ranked No. 22 in the Chicago Sun-Times Super 25 poll.

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