Huskers keeping tabs on big safety

Nebraska is looking for some safeties this year and maybe there is a school that they can dip into again in Texas and offer a teammate of another player that already holds a Nebraska offer? He has really matured as a player this summer per his coach and is finding his place at free safety and being the quarterback of the defense.

Jason Smith was a bit of a wildcard this summer. He had the athletic ability, but didn't have a lot of experience playing high school football. After one scrimmage it was pretty clear that he was coming into his own. He spent some time this summer though getting ready for this fall.

"I was really trying to work on getting better reads on the quarterback," Smith said. "I was really trying to work it out so I could figure out whether it was a run or a pass quicker."

While Smith didn't mention first that he was trying to get physically ready to play, he admits that he has some work to do and that it is always a work in progress. "I don't think that I am totally ready physically yet. I have been working on that and will continue to work on that."

Smith would project to play free safety in college most likely and has a great combination of size and speed to do so. "I am playing free safety. I am about 6-foot-2 and I am down a little bit of weight because of the Texas heat and practice. I am about 180 pounds right now. I would say that my 40 time is still 4.5-seconds."

As of right now he is only holding a hand few of offers, but it's the teams that are keeping tabs on him that makes you believe that a few good games to start of the year and he could double his total offers very quickly.

"I think that I have three or four offers. They are from Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, and I can't remember who the others are from. I am getting mail from Kansas, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Nebraska and a little from Oklahoma."

Smith is getting pretty consistent contact from some of the nation's top schools and has had a chance to think about his leaders a little bit so far. "I have thought about my leaders a little bit. I would say Oklahoma, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech. It's not really a big deal to me to try and stay in the area or not."

One team that he might get an earful about is Nebraska. One of Smith's coaches is a former Nebraska player, Byron Bennett. Although Nebraska isn't in Smith's top five currently, he admits that they have worked their way up his list and he could easily see them in his top five.

"They are coming up and could be in my top five. It's not too far away and I wouldn't have any problems going there. From what I have seen I like the program and the coaches that are there. Coach Gilmore is recruiting me for Nebraska."

Nebraska has already offered one Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial player, Terrell Turner. It is possible that Nebraska could lure both to Nebraska for a late October official visit during their off week.

"There is a chance that I would take an official to Nebraska the same weekend that Terrell Turner takes his visit there."

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