Mizzou Win Pays More Dividends: Smith Commits

Missouri assistant coach Andy Hill had told Raytown High (Mo.) senior Aldon Smith that he would do cartwheels if Smith committed to MU.


So last night, after Smith watched Mizzou dissect Nebraska at Faurot Field, he made his way to the locker room and approached Hill, his primary recruiter.

"Coach, you're going to have to warm up your arms," Smith said, "because you're about to do a cartwheel."

With that, Mizzou landed its 15th commitment for next year, and he's a good one. Smith is an ultra-athletic 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end who has 13 sacks in six games so far this year.

Also recruited by Nebraska, last night's stomping of the Huskers – and more importantly, the raucous environment at the game – sealed the deal for the three-star prospect.

"That made me a lot more ready to do it, just seeing 70,000 people there and everybody going crazy," he said. "It was weird, because I was in the stands watching and a year from now I might be on the field playing in it."

Smith, also a standout on the basketball court, is hoping to play early at Missouri, and it seems a realistic possibility. Pass rushers like him are always prized, and the staff has hinted to him he'll have a shot at early playing time.

As far as the game was concerned, Smith said: "To be honest, I was kind of surprised. I was hoping for a better game."

We asked Smith if it was safe to assume the Cornhuskers were his second choice.

"I don't think I had a second choice," he said. "I guess it was just Missouri."

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