Greg Smith Speaks About His Texas Commitment

Montgomery HS TE Greg Smith received an offer from UT after performing in the first Texas Camp this summer. He spoke to Inside Texas about how he received the offer and then why he decided to commit to Texas.

Greg Smith received his offer after an exceptional performance at the first Texas Camp of the summer. Smith (6-4, 230, 4.75) was just starting to see his recruiting stock soar when he decided to commit to Texas after Head Coach Mack Brown and Oscar Giles extended him an offer.

Smith had racked up offers from North Carolina, Duke, Tulsa, Tulane, TCU, Missouri, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Arizona, UTEP and Baylor (plus an offer equivalent from Harvard since the Ivy League school doesn't give athletic scholarships). Texas was his latest offer and he received that after talking to Coach Giles and Coach Brown over the phone following his trip to Austin.

"Coach (Oscar) Giles was recruiting me from Texas," he said. "He's fun to talk to and just in general a nice guy. He gave me a real good impression."

Smith also spoke very highly of Head Coach Mack Brown. "Coach Brown is a great guy as well," Smith said. "He's a great coach and he impressed both me and my parents."

Greg competed in the first Texas Camp of the summer. "The camp went great," he said. "It's hard to name just one player that stood out, but I do remember that Mitch Mustain was impressive. He showed that he had a great arm. During the camp I tried to go full speed and show them what I could do."

The offer was extended to Smith when he called Coach Brown and Coach Giles to thank them for inviting him to the camp. "Coach Brown and Coach Giles offered me," he said. "As soon as they offered me, I committed." Also of note is that Greg has received his official written scholarship letter in the mail since committing to Coach Brown and Coach Giles over the phone.

What made Greg choose Texas? "Texas is a balanced school," he said. "They are competitive both academically and athletically and that is exactly what I was looking for. The coaches are also great and I like the offense that they run." He wants to major in Pre-Med and was impressed with UT's Pre-Med Program.

It would seem that Smith is firm with his decision. "I'm a solid verbal," he said. "I'm not changing my mind. The coaches keep their promise and I keep mine." He went on to say that Texas will be his only official visit.

Greg had plans to camp in three other locations, but since his commitment to Texas everything has changed. "I was supposed to camp at Texas A&M, North Carolina, and LSU," he said. "I won't be attending any of those camps."

Last season, Smith was only able to compete in four games due to a broken thumb that required surgery. "This season I want to stay healthy," he said. "That's my main goal. As far as team goals go, I want to get this team back on the right foot since we finished 2-9 last season. I want to really improve on that record."

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