Huskers look to eyeball Smith

The Huskers will host an Ohio safety this weekend, getting the chance to eye ball him up close and personal. Will he get an offer? More importantly, will he take if it comes? If you don't have an premium membership, you are missing out!

Pickerington Central safety Sebastian Smith didn't have an offer from Nebraska, but the senior felt the Huskers interest (along with others) was strong enough to decommit from Indiana earlier this month.

Now, the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder will be taking an official to Nebraska this weekend. He still doesn't have an offer, but it will be a possibility once the coaching staff gets to eye ball him.

"I was just wanting to look around and then Nebraska started showing really high interest. So I decommitted, to get back on the market," said Smith to Big Red Report. "Things progressed with Nebraska, I set up an official, and now I will take this trip and see how it goes.

"It was really unexpected. I knew Nebraska was a really great football program. One that had a good season and one that I had heard a lot about when it came to their coaching staff. Nebraska is family oriented and I know it's a good place to play ball."

A late academic qualifier, Smith's recruitment was somewhat slow during the fall. Partially due to academic concerns and the lack of junior film.

Smith backed up Eilar Hardy (Notre Dame 2011 signee) last year, limiting his reps on the field. He would give Hardy breaks and play linebacker from time-to-time, depending on the package, but wasn't a regular contributor on the field.

That changed in 2011, as Smith helped lead the Tigers to a 11-3 record and an appearance in the state championship – a state championship where he recorded double digit tackles and over a 100 yards receiving with a touchdown.

So now a free agent, what is Smith looking for in a school?

"Well the first thing is I want a good education," said the 2012 prospect. "Second would be a great football atmosphere, somewhere I feel comfortable. I want the coaches and the players to feel like a family and be really close. That is really about it."

If a Nebraska offer comes this weekend, will he take it on the spot?

"It's definitely a possibility, just because of how strong the football program is, but I have to take in a lot when I get there. We are thinking and talking about it right now, but it's a possibility that I could verbal commit."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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