Smith Remaining Patient

Meridian signal caller J'Mar Smith enters the spring evaluation period as Mississippi's top quarterback prospect for the 2015 signing class. Smith is currently doing his part to help the Wildcats on the baseball diamond, while his football teammates have begun their initial spring practice workouts. The rising senior is eager to join them.

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"Baseball is going pretty good," said Smith. "We had some bad weather last night, so the outfield is a little wet, but we should be able to play tomorrow.

"I am having fun with baseball, but I am looking forward to playing football too."

Before Smith can take part in spring football, he must complete his obligations on the diamond.

"I have to be released from baseball before I can participate in football practice, but I am used to it," said Smith. "I am a senior, so this year it's a little different.

"I am getting ready for my senior season, so I would like to be out there getting ready, but this is how it always is.

"I can't start baseball workouts until I get done with football every year either, so it's something I am used to."

Smith recently added his second offer with even more schools showing a strong level of interest heading into their spring travels.

"Memphis recently offered me," said Smith. "They talked with my coaches and they have been by the school before.

"I am hearing from Mississippi State, Memphis, Central Florida, Cincinnati and a few other schools.

"I am still in touch with Alabama a pretty good bit too."

Mississippi State was the first school to extend an offer to the talented quarterback. Smith remains in touch with the Bulldog coaching staff.

"I am talking with Mississippi State a lot," said Smith. "I have been wanting to get up there and go see one of the practices, but I always seem to have a baseball game.

"I wanted to go to the spring game this weekend, but we have the ACT that morning and then a baseball game after that.

"They are always telling me that they that want me to be a Bulldog and be part of the Bulldog nation."

While the Bulldogs have made a strong case, Smith has not yet been persuaded to be a Bulldog.

"I am not sure when I am going to decide," said Smith. "I am probably going to wait until after baseball season and then see what happens.

"I am thinking about playing both sports in college, if I can.

"I am just not sure about all of that and I may not know how that is going to work until after next baseball season.

"In high school, I play whatever position they need me to play including pitcher, but I am really more of an outfielder.

"I just want to see what all of my options are going to be in both sports, before I make any decisions."

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