"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.