Ypsilanti (Mich.) athlete Marquis Smith hit the open market this week when he decommitted from Kansas, and he added a new Big 12 offer the same day.
Smith, a 6-foot, 170-pound athlete ranked as the nation’s No. 36 cornerback, holds Power 5 offers from Kansas, Indiana and Iowa State and is focused on the second two schools following his recent decommitment.
Thursday, just days after offering, Iowa State stopped by his school with new Iowa State Director of Scouting, John Kuceyeski.
“The visit went great,” Smith said. “The love that him and Coach [Matt] Campbell have from Toledo is still there. They still love me and the game that I play, so that was good. The message was that they still wanted me to come be a part of their family and help turn the program around.”
The goal for Smith in decommitting from Kansas is to take official visits and find a good fit ahead of February’s Signing Day. He will take an official visit to see Iowa State in January, likely Jan. 15, and hopes to make a decision soon after.
“Hopefully after my official,” Smith said of a decision timeline. “Maybe a couple days after, just [to talk] with my family about it.”
Iowa State likes Smith’s size and ability, especially his athleticism that it thinks can help him cover quick and athletic receivers in the Big 12.
“They said that I would be a great man cover guy because a lot of people say that [corners] in the Big 12 can't play man coverage,” Smith said. “So they told me I would be great there and then have opportunities to return punts and kicks.”
While Smith hasn’t yet heard much from Indiana since his decommitment, he’s moving forward focused on the two Power 5 offers and with some key factors in mind when he makes a decision this winter.
“How bad I'm wanted and or needed in the program, how upfront and honest the coaching staff is and a great family [and] brotherhood diversity with a great college environment to go around it,” Smith said of what he’s looking for.