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BYU commit Jacob Smith has had numerous college programs gauge the strength of his BYU commitment & he's remaining firm

From the Pac-12 to the SEC, many big time college programs have targeted early BYU recruits Kalani Sitake and his staff have recruited and received verbal commitments from early. Now another BYU commit Jacob Smith is one of those players and is being courted by SEC, Big 10, and Big 12 college programs in an effort to test the recruiting waters.

BYU offensive line commit Jacob Smith has seen interest from Big 10 colleges increase. In fact, Michigan has tested the waters to see how firm his BYU commitment was by hinting at an offer. However, even if Michigan, Minnesota, or any other Big 10 school offered Smith it wouldn’t matter.

“Yeah, Michigan recently was at my school to talk to me,” Smith said. “The offensive coordinator and offensive line coach came out to see me and talk to me. They’ve been pushing hard for me.”

Michigan offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Tim Drevno has been testing Smith to gauge his interest. He recently asked Smith some questions to see how committed he was to BYU.

“Well, like the Michigan coach was like, ‘So, would you be interested in another offer?’ Smith said with a chuckle. “He was trying to figure out if I was going on a mission and to see if I was recruitable and stuff like that. He was trying to kick out a few things to see if he could pull me away from BYU. “

So how did Smith handle the latest recruiting pitch from Coach Drevno?

“I was like, ‘Oh yeah that sounds really cool and interesting,’” said Smith. “Then I said, ‘But that might upset BYU though.’ The Michigan coach was like, ‘Oh yeah, cool.’ He tried to play it off a little bit.”

However, Michigan isn’t the only college program testing the strength of Smith’s commitment to BYU.

”I’m also still get a lot of recruiting attention from Arkansas, Iowa State, and LSU,” said Smith. “LSU started recruiting me pretty hard ever since I went to US Army camp back in January. I still get a lot of attention from the Gophers of Minnesota as well because I’m a Minnesota boy. I still get a lot of attention from Wisconsin and they came out to visit me earlier this year. I also still get attention from Iowa and Iowa State and Purdue. Those schools are still pushing for me and testing the waters. ”

Smith has remained loyal, strong, and true to BYU. The question is why?

“Well, the reason why I’m staying loyal to BYU is because the coaching staff is amazing,” Smith said. “I mean, Coach Sitake, Coach Empey, and Coach Detmer are amazing coaches and great guys. They are also a phenomenal coaching staff, and they’ve established an amazing atmosphere up there at BYU like no other place. That’s something I want to be a part of.  I think Coach Sitake is building an amazing program up there and that’s something I want to be a part of. That’s the big thing.”

 

He continues to build his relationship with BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey, who he likes a lot both as a coach and person.

“I’m just developing a relationship with Coach Empey still and things have been going good,” said Smith. “Things are going good and I really like Coach Empey. He’s such a great guy and everything is pretty much the same really. It’s been going really well.”

Smith has plans to fly out to Provo, Utah this summer to see BYU’s campus and the coaches he’s stayed so loyal to.

“Yeah, I plan on making a trip out to BYU this year and talking to everyone,” said Smith. “I’m really looking forward to that. Plus this time my mom really wants to go out there because last summer it was just me and my dad. She wants to make the trip out there with us and meet Coach Empey and Coach Sitake and everyone. Mom’s gotta get out there and see what it’s all about, so we’re looking forward to that.”


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