Is an Early Decision on Tap for Smith?

Detroit Southeastern wideout Fred Smith has long mentioned his plan of taking a more patient approach to his recruitment and making his decision sometime during or after his season. Saturday, his good friend and teammate Charles Burrell ended his process early by committing to Michigan State. Has that caused Smith to rethink his timetable a bit?

Detroit Southeastern receiver Fred Smith has been sitting on two major offers from in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State for a number of weeks now, but he had hoped that would recently.  The talented Motor City athlete had planned interact with the Ohio State coaching staff and get more familiar with their program while also taking in the Buckeyes' spring game this past Saturday.  However, a last minute switch caused him to postpone the meeting.

"I was actually set to go (to Ohio State) Saturday, but their game started at like 1:00 pm and we were running late," said Smith.  "We just ended up going to Michigan State to see Charles Burrell commit because  he told me he was going to go ahead and do it.  I'm going to make it to Ohio State this summer."

Burrell and Smith had previously discussed the possibility of attending the same school and each found the scenario to be extremely desirable.  So the question now is, does Burrell's pledge to MSU make the Spartans more appealing to Smith?

"They were always appealing to me, but that's my boy so, yeah it does make me look at them a little more," Smith admitted.  "They wanted me to (commit) too, but they weren't really pressuring me or anything."

Meanwhile, Michigan continues to make Smith in an-state priority.  The youngster indicated the Wolverines' intensity in recruiting him has not wavered.

"I talk to Michigan a lot," he said.  "They're telling me I can go ahead and commit whenever I want to… any time now."

As much as the Wolverines and Spartans would like for Smith to accelerate his decision timetable, it doesn't appear to be in the cards.

"I'm not in a rush," he said.  "I'm going to wait.  The pro of doing it early is getting it all out of the way and not having to go through it during your senior year.  The con is making the wrong decision.  I want to take at least three official visits and see what other offers come through before I make my decision."

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