OSU verbal having second thoughts?

COMMITTED BUT STILL dating? Oregon State verbal commitment Conroy Black appears to be wavering a bit from his pledge to the Beavers. After an official visit to Southern Methodist University this past weekend, the talented defensive back seemed a little softer on his soft verbal pledge than two days before the visit. "I'm still committed to Oregon State," Black said. "I might be swaying a little."

"I'm still committed to Oregon State," Conroy Black told PonyStampede.com Sunday afternoon as he was boarding an airplane. "I might be swaying a little; I'm starting to think more of the other schools that are recruiting me, including SMU."

Black had never journeyed to Texas or Dallas before; it appears the city left a great impression with the junior college defensive back.

"The city of Dallas surprised me, I didn't expect all that," Black said. "Dallas is a fun city, a lot of things to do."

It's no secret that June Jones and his SMU Mustangs are in dire need of bigger, more athletic corners.

"Coach Jones told me how much he really wanted me on the team," Black said. "He told how much he needed me on the team, to help him turn around this program faster."

Could Black see himself playing for SMU?

"I definitely see myself playing there," Black said. "It's a lot closer to home; I could see myself liking to live in a big city like Dallas."

Black will now take another official visit to Utah next weekend before making a final decision on where he will attend school next fall.

"I just have to weigh all my options and figure out what's best for me," Black said. "I'm excited about having all these good options to choose from."

Black was impressed with the SMU campus and how nice the Mustang's facilities were.

"They have really nice facilities," Black said. "A lot better than I expected. I really enjoyed spending time with their coaches and players; they seem to be a great group of guys. I have a lot of thinking to do."

Black will graduate in May from Fullerton Community College.

"I really like Coach (Derrick) Odum a lot," Black said. "He is a great coach and has done a great job recruiting me. Knowing he will be my secondary coach helps out a lot."

In Scout.com's system, once a prospect who is verbally committed to one school officially visits another, he becomes a "soft verbal".

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