3-star LB updates decision timeline

2016 Irving Nimitz linebacker Noah Spears talked with Billy about his Texas Tech, SMU and Kansas interest.

2016 Irving Nimitz linebacker Noah Spears thought he was close to a decision just a week ago, but now will back off and make sure the school he picks is the right one.

"I'm still thinking about it, but I'm not in any hurry to make a decision. I'm just trying to take it one day at a time."

Spears said he'll likely take an official visit to Utah State, but is really only focused on Texas Tech, SMU and Kansas.

With SMU, his relationship with linebackers coach Archie McDaniel is really pulling him that way.

"I like all the coaches a lot. Coach McDaniel and me have stayed in contact and we've talked. Coach Morris is a really good coach and also a really nice guy," Spears said. "I believe they've got that program going to be turned around so I'm excited to see that this year."

The Jayhawks' new coaching staff also has Spears thinking about committing to Kansas, where he visited earlier this summer.

"Obviously, they're in the Big 12 and that's a big conference. I feel like they'll have a better year and they got a whole bunch of new coaches and coach Beaty came from A&M so I'm excited to see what he'll do with the team."

Texas Tech is another school in contention for Spears' signature.

"I'm always excited to watch them and make it to a couple games this year, but their defense is getting right and they're going to be explosive this year."

SMU shows Spears the most love out of the three and that's because of his close relationship with McDaniel, who comes out to practice when he can.

Nimitz will hold its first scrimmage on Friday against Keller Central, but in preparation for that, training camp has been in full swing for Spears.

"It's going good. Just getting back and used to doing things," Spears said. "I've been working on my run fits and getting better in pass dropping. Those are the two things I'm trying to focus on the most."

This year, Nimitz is asking Spears to play in space more.

"I'll move to the boundary so I'll be the field linebacker and have to go to the strong side every time. I want to be the best in the district, beat our two rivals and go out with a bang. I want everyone to know who I am when I leave."

Spears doesn't have a set timeline for his decision, but does plan to make it to SMU for some games this year.

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