Nebraska opens up eyes of Andre Smith

One of Nebraska's top linebacker targets came off the board early when he committed to North Carolina. The Huskers still got an official visit from the talented linebacker and really opened up his eyes.

North Carolina commit Andre Smith from Jacksonville (Flor.) Trinity Christian Academy took an official visit to Nebraska this weekend. The three-star recruit got there about mid-day on Saturday and got a lot of things done before a 7:00 kickoff that night.

"I got to Lincoln Saturday around noon," Smith said. "We ate lunch, toured the facilities, met the coaches, visited with the strength and conditioning coach, went to the performance lab and Coach Bo Pelini met with us.

"Coach Bo wanted to take the time with all of the recruits to tell us how things work. He wanted us to know how he coached and what his coaching philosophy was."

Leading up to the game Smith was with the other recruits watching warm-ups. The tunnel walk is always something that the recruits mention and Smith said it makes you feel like a superstar.

"The tunnel walk was really nice. The fans are right there and made you feel like a superstar. The fans knew my name and knew who I was. I really didn't expect that."

The Nebraska linebackers had some tough duties matching up man to man against Miami at the running back and tight end positions. Smith knows how good those guys are for Miami, but thinks he could have helped out in one of the match-ups.

"I just think that Duke is a fast man and that is going to be a tough match-up. I like like I could really fit in -- probably would have been matched up with the tight end -- and would have been able to help out."

People are wondering what the visit to Nebraska might do to the Tar Heel commit. Smith says that the trip to Lincoln has opened up his eyes.

"Well, it definitely opened up my eyes," Smith said. "Playing in front of 91,000 fans every week is definitely something that I would like to do. It was ear-splitting loud last night."

The visit didn't get a perfect score from Smith, but it was close. The Huskers really impressed him and the stereotypes that he heard about going into the visit were all proven wrong.

"I would rate the visit a '9'. It was way different than what I expected. I thought that I was just going to see corn. They have a great campus and facilities. It's a great town and area."

So what's left for Smith? He says that he has plans to take at least three more official visits over the coming weeks. "Yes, I am planning on taking official visits to North Carolina, Wisconsin and Miami."

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