Semper Fi: With Leader, Smith to Announce?

Laray Smith

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Xaverian High (Brooklyn, N.Y.) running back Laray Smith has a leader and said he may announce a decision Friday at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif. He spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about his options, and his leader.

Laray Smith is contemplating announcing a decision Friday during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and he should know whether he is going to do that in the next 24 hours.

And, if it takes place, the running back from Xaverian High (Brooklyn, N.Y.) would be staying close to home.

"The way it looks right now, it's leaning toward Syracuse," Smith said. "I may announce at the game. I should know by (Thursday)."

Smith has long held Syracuse as a favorite, and it helps close friend Augustus Edwards of Tottenville High (Staten Island, N.Y.) is already committed there, and another friend, defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko of Thomas Jefferson High (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is strongly considering the Orange.

"It's because of Gus, but it's also better for me, too, if I were to go there," Smith said. "I would probably play as a true freshman, and we're moving to the ACC, so we'll probably get a lot of national television (exposure), and we're playing good competition at all levels. I feel like they're a team in the making, and their building up really well."

Smith is also looking at West Virginia and Oregon, which is yet to offer, but an official visit to Syracuse a few weeks ago really tipped the table for the Orange.

"I enjoyed myself. I felt comfortable," he said. "I felt like I already went there. I know the players and I hung out with Alvin Cornelius, Wayne Morgan, Brandon Reddish. It was relaxing and they showed me a good time."

However, before he makes his decision, Smith is weighing where the Mountaineers and Ducks stack up, and how he could fit in both offenses.

"Oregon actually talked to me (a few) days ago and they were asking about my SAT score because that's the only thing they're waiting for, to be honest with you," Smith said. "As long as I get the score right, it's an automatic scholarship right there. I'm still keeping them in the competition, and I'm also going to keep West Virginia there also."

The combination of football and track in Oregon has long fascinated Smith, but he is yet to visit the school, or plan an official visit.

"I like them for everything," he said. "Football, track-wise, it just seems like a good place overall. I'm a fast guy and it's a fast offense, and I like the way they use their speed guys. Their offense, they run 100 plays a game and I like the way that is set up."

The type of offense West Virginia, and the ability to use Smith in a variety of ways, is intriguing to him.

"Going into the slot, I like the way they spread them out and they give me multiple positions so I can play wide receiver as well as running back," he said. "It gives me more opportunity to get the ball in different ways. I went out there for the game against Baylor, and I had a good time. It was relaxing and they gave them a good beat down. It was a good time."

"I may set a visit there, but I'm not sure."

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