Bernard Smith Talks About Decision

Atlanta, Ga. - After receiving his first offer from Ole Miss, Mays High linebacker Bernard Smith took a trip to Oxford over the weekend. Smith decided to end his recruitment early by committing to the Rebels.

"My parents really loved the school," said Bernard Smith.  "They really impressed me too.  It was a nice little place to go and it's not too far from home.  I feel like it's a good choice."

"I was real impressed with how their academic program was set up," he said. "Even my Mom was impressed.  I feel if they can take a kid that is struggling in high school and not making good decisions, and turn him into a honor student, then they can do the same thing with me."

"I think a lot of Head Coach Ed Orgeron," Smith said. "It's a new beginning for me and Ole Miss because they're rebuilding this coming year and the next year.  I feel that a new recruiting class can come in and put a SEC title up there for the new coach."

The Ole Miss commit said he's still a solid commit despite taking more visits.

"I feel like I'm going to stick to it," Smith said. "I really have no second thoughts about it.  My friends keep saying that I should wait until after I take all of my visits.  Yeah, I plan on taking all my visits, but my main mind set is to get my grades right so I can go ahead and play at Ole Miss."

Smith said the Rebels are recruiting him as an outside linebacker.  Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Grambling and Georgia Southern are just a few of the schools showing interest in the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder.  Ole Miss is the only school to offer him a scholarship.

Smith plans to attend Auburn's Junior Day on March 10th.

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