Decision looking for key LB prospect

The Hurricanes have just one linebacker commitment right now and they're trying to add more. One of their key targets is now set to make his final decision later this week. Read on for the details.

Andre Smith made an early commitment to North Carolina.

Then after he started collecting several offers from other major programs he decided it was time to open things back up. Miami is one of the schools that immediately jumped into the mix.

He announced today that he will be making his final decision in two days.

"I will be committing this Thursday, December 11th at 11:30," Smith said. "I will be deciding between Wisconsin, Nebraska, Miami, and North Carolina."

All four schools have offered him a scholarship and have been actively recruiting him in recent weeks. He's taken official visits to Nebraska (for the Miami game), Wisconsin, and North Carolina. He hasn't been to Miami yet but he received an in-home visit from head coach Al Golden and linebackers coach Hurlie Brown a few days ago.

Miami is still actively recruiting two of his teammates who plan on taking visits here -- defensive tackle Kendrick Norton and safety Ben Edwards.

At 6-feet and 215 pounds, Smith lacks ideal size for a major college prospect but he's been very active on the outside for a Trinity team that just won another state championship on Saturday. He is very athletic and can be a three-down linebacker.

The Canes have just one linebacker commitment right now -- Charles Perry -- and they're still involved with a handful of others, including Smith.

Since he hasn't even taken an official visit here yet, Miami seems to be on the outside looking in. It's rare for players to announce final commitments without having visited. It's also rare for players to hold ceremonies to re-commit to a school. That likely means Nebraska or Wisconsin will be the school he chooses on Thursday.

Stay on, as we'll have complete coverage and analysis of this commitment on Thursday.



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