Safety Smith Chooses West Virginia

West Virginia added to its 2012 recruiting class Tuesday afternoon when Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) safety Nate Smith announced his gave the Mountaineers a non-binding oral commitment. The 6-foot, 195-pound Smith also held offers from South Carolina, Michigan State, Temple and Toledo.

Nate Smith knew where he wanted to play his college football six weeks ago, and was going to announce it.

However, the Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) safety took some time to think about it to make sure it was the right decision, and everything continued to point the Mountaineers' way.

Moments ago, the 6-foot, 195-pound Smith announced moments ago he chose West Virginia over offers from Michigan State, South Carolina, Temple and Toledo.

"I went down there for the spring game and I enjoyed it," Smith said. "I felt the electricity in the place and everyone getting together for a couple of hours for the game, and how it is. "I will have a chance to play early and prove myself to the coaches and that was part of it."

Smith likes West Virginia's 3-3-5 defense, and how he could fit into it.

"Basically, it has three to four defensive backs on the field at the same time, and they are saying I could play early if I work hard," Smith said. "I know I will. That is something I feel I can will be able to do."

Smith planned to make his announcement in early September, but a few factors caused him to postpone it.

First, there was a work stoppage at Archbishop Wood, so no one was going to be at his school for the announcement to take place.

Second, and more importantly, he wanted to make sure the Mountaineers were the right choice.

"I talked it over with my family almost every day to see what they thought," Smith said. "I was just basically going over all my offers and just looking at the depth chart and seeing if I can play early.

"It feels good to have it done. I don't have to worry on focusing on this. I can really focus on my season and our team goals."

Smith acknowledged he knew about his decision for a while, and often thought about it while watching the Mountaineers start off the season 5-1.

"I like how they came out and set the tone early, their defensive game and they're a BCS school," Smith said. "I was watching then and I was thinking, ‘Yeahh, that's where I'm going to be playing next.' It's like, ‘wow, I am so excited.' I was thinking that in a couple of months that will be me playing on national television, and my friends and family will be watching me play."

Smith told his recruiting coach Tuesday, but was waiting to call coach Dana Holgorsen until after his announcement.

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