Recruiting: First Commitment A Big Time Back

Next season should be the year of the running back in Oklahoma high school football, and the Cowboys already have a member of the terrific trio of backs in the state committed to coming to Stillwater. All-State (second team) running back Jeremy Smith of Tulsa Union called Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and assistant head coach and running backs coach Curtis Luper with the good news Monday.

"I committed to Oklahoma State earlier today," said Smith, who had seemed to be leaning toward Oklahoma State and had attended their first junior day on Feb. 2.

"I've grown up around Oklahoma State and being around the school so much I started looking at my options and asked myself, do you want to play for somebody where you don't know anybody and you are not familiar with the school or do you want to be somewhere that you are comfortable and you know a lot of people?

"It's not about being close to family, although that is good. It's about me and where the best place is for me. That's Oklahoma State!"

Smith is 6-0, 205 pounds and runs a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash. He earned All-State (second team) honors last season and helped the Union Redskins to the Class 6A state championship game by carrying the ball 256 times for 1,748 yards and 20 touchdowns. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry playing against the best teams in Class 6A.

In a losing effort in the state championship game he ran for close to 150 yards against Jenks. He made a big splash nationally in the Kirk Herbstreit Game where Union beat McKinley High School of Canton, Ohio, 31-0. In that game played at Fawcett Stadium next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Smith carried 19 times for 109 yards. This spring he will again compete for the Union track team running the 4x100 meter relay and the 100-meter sprint.

Smith said he had heard from a number of schools at this point, and he had received official scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Missouri and Kansas. Smith said ending his recruitment early isn't a problem and that he is not going to miss out on visits and attention that comes later in the recruiting process.

"It's cool," said Smith. "The point be known, I don't think I need to be traveling all over the country when I know where I want to go to school. Being known is not that important to me. It's about making the best decision for me and I've done that. I don't need the attention and it won't bother me. I have a cousin, Anthony Smith, that is at OSU, and a bunch of people that I know going to school there."

Smith said Oklahoma State has been his favorite, and now it is his destination.

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