Smith discusses decision

Josh Smith announced on national television that will is committing to Vanderbilt University. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound linebacker out of Oakland High School is competing against the nation's top prospects at the prestigious summer four-day event at the Nike World Headquarters near Beaverton, Oregon. He'll be joining his brother, Emmanuel, an incoming freshman safety, next season at Vanderbilt.

"When I went this summer for a one-day trip I thought the coaches, the campus, the facilities at Vanderbilt were all just amazing," Smith told "I got to stay in my brother's dorm room and had a great time.

"Vanderbilt was my first offer when Coach Franklin was there. Coach Mason called me just the second week he was there after he settled in. I went up with my brother and sat down with him. I think he's a great coach and has great coaches around him and they'll help me get to the next level, but the thing that stood out to me most with Vanderbilt was the academics."

Smith said Vanderbilt likes his athleticism and length and haven't decided yet if they will put him at inside or outside linebacker. He said he's happy he has the decision out of the way.

"I have to say that Purdue and Kentucky both made my decision very difficult," he said. " have a lot of respect for those of those programs. They were my number two's. You can only pick one though and I think I've made the right call. I talked briefly with Coach Mason and he's extremely excited.

"Now I'm going to enjoy my time at The Opening. It's a great experience. We begin 7-on-7's tomorrow."

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