The spring has been very good to cornerback Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles). He has received offers from some of the nation’s elite programs, has been invited to The Opening in July, and on Tuesday afternoon, found out he was included in the initial ESPN 150 for the Class of 2013.
Tuesday evening, the four-star cornerback picked up his 15th offer, as Houston added itself into the Smith sweepstakes. Smith said he had received interest from the Cougars for several months now, and it was exciting to receive an offer from the hometown university.
“Earlier this year, when [Texas A&M] Coach [Kevin] Sumlin was still there, I got a couple of letters from them,” Smith said of Houston. “I didn’t hear anything from them for a while after he left, but I understood because of the coaching changes.
“For them to come back and say they’re still interested, that’s big for me. I’m definitely keeping them on my list.”
Recruited to Houston by cornerbacks coach Zac Spavital, Smith was invited to The Opening after a solid showing at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp. Along with Houston, Smith has offers from Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and several other schools.
Smith said that Florida has been in contact with him, and an offer from the Gators may be in the picture soon. Smith also said that his weekend will include a trip to Texas A&M’s night practice on Friday and Utah’s spring game on Saturday.