Kristopher Smith is a Hoosier

After narrowing his college options to just three, Kristopher Smith took his official visits and made his verbal commitment. The senior outside linebacker discusses the deciding factors in his choice to become a Hoosier.

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In the fall, 2013 OLB Kristopher Smith narrowed his college football options to just three - UCF, Purdue and Indiana.

"I took official visits to Central Florida and Purdue, then Indiana was my last one," Smith explained. "When I took my official visit, I knew Indiana was the place I wanted to be."

Smith visited Purdue in October, followed by a visit to UCF in late November.

"I wasn't leaning either way [before my visits]," Smith explained. "Those were my top three. Originally, I had a top four until Cincinnati's coaching change. After taking my three visits, I knew Indiana was the right one."

Smith's deciding factors in a commitment included his future family on the football field.

"The main [factor] was how I got along with the team," Smith said. "I'll be spending the next four years with them. I got to see the recruits that are coming in. They're on the way to rebuilding the program.

"I want to be part of that rise."

Smith also fell in love with the campus and college town, including the beautiful downtown Bloomington just outside of the school. Finally, Smith's decision relied on the years after the gridiron.

"I want to study pre-law and become a prosecuting attorney," Smith said. "I'm committed to Indiana. I'm solid."

Although Smith still hears from the coaching staff at Louisville, the Cardinals haven't made an official offer. Smith has not scheduled any further official visits.

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