Rebels add one of Georgia's best

Bernard Smith (LB, Atlanta, GA) - The Rebels held Jr Day this afternoon and got a big time commitment from one of the Peach State's top prospects.

"I came to Ole Miss today with them about number four on my list, but they completely sold me, so I committed," added a very excited Bernard Smith.

Why Ole Miss?

Bernard Smith

"They just had everything I was looking for. The top five things I was looking for were, well, academics was number one. Their academic program at Ole Miss is amazing. The way they work with their student athletes is what I need. They have tutors for you in every subject. It is easy to get distracted in college, but at Ole Miss, I know I will have the support to keep my head on straight. Number two, is the tradition. They have a lot of tradition at Ole Miss. They have won some national championships and a lot of SEC titles. Hopefully I can help them get over the hump and get back to where they were. Number three, was the family atmosphere. The coaches and players are so close here. You can tell at how much they care for each other. My recruiter, Coach Frank Wilson, we are like brothers already. I love that man. That goes to my number four point, the coaches. How can you get better coaches than what they got here? And lastly, I wanted to go where it felt like home. This place is already my home away from home. I have never felt like I do here. I just love it over here."

Who else was ahead of Ole Miss before he came on the visit?

"Ohio State, Florida, and Auburn. Ole Miss was right behind them. Then I had Tennessee and Arkansas after Ole Miss. They all invited me to come to their Jr Days and have been writting and calling a lot."

Smith came on his visit with other thoughts on his mind.

Bernard Smith with Mother and Father

"To be honest, I thought it was going to be real country (laugh). I thought they were going to take us to their gym and lecture us on how they want to get the school populated. But as I drove around campus, I could not believe all of the people and pretty women everywhere. The town too, it is smaller than Atlanta, but it is that perfect college town atmosphere. The people around here say they do not even lock their doors at night. I could not ask for a better environment. The best thing was looking at their stadium and indoor facilities. My parents said do not get too hyped about the stadium and facilities, bu they talked the game too. The coaches did a really good job of selling their school. It was everything I had hoped."

What were their selling points?

"They had a presentation about how things would be if you went to school here. They have firm coaches that mold kids into young men. My relationship with the coaches is what really sold me. I want a firm staff that really stresses academics. I want to not only go to the league; I want to earn some scholar awards and be at the top of my class. Plus, they have a great Criminal Justice program, and that is what I really want to major in."

Bernard attended the combine in Georgia last week and put up some impressive numbers. The high school defensive end who projects at outside linebacker was measured in at 6' 2", 210, and ran a 4.71 forty, which was best out of all of the defensive linemen. He also turned in a position best 4.28 shuttle and 33" vertical. Smith's 114 inch standing broad jump was second best out of all of the defensive ends and linebackers.

What does Smith think he does best on the field?

"My speed and quickness. I am real aggressive and my leadership stands out the most. I am a great leader on the field. I make plays, and I see the plays happen before they develop."

How solid does Bernard feel about his decision to attend Ole Miss next year?

"I am completely sold. I am 110% Rebel. I am already coming back over here for the Spring game, and I will come to a couple of practices too. I am going back to the ATL (Atlanta) and recruit me some more boys to come join me. I am Ole Miss' biggest fan."

The Rebels now have 5 public commitments for the '08 class. To view the list, click here.

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