MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. -- Bremen senior running David Smith committed to Oklahoma at a press conference at his school on Tuesday.
Smith, a 6-foot, 195-pound tailback, pulled an Oklahoma baseball cap out of a bag and placed it on his head as he announced his decision before a room filled with family, friends, coaches and media. He also later removed his jacket and displayed a red Oklahoma football t-shirt.
“I’m happy to be a Sooner,” Smith said with a smile moments after his decision.
Smith chose Oklahoma over West Virginia, which he said had been his leader until Oklahoma reached out to him on Dec. 23. He visited Oklahoma’s campus and met with Sooners coach Bob Stoops last weekend.
Coming from the Chicago area, the warmer weather in Oklahoma was welcomed by Smith, but he also found no faults during his weekend there.
“The hardest part is taking each trip and trying to find out what’s real about the schools,” Smith said. “You go eat every morning at all these like expensive restaurants and stuff like that. I know once I come there it definitely won’t be the case. I tried to find all the real things at each campus. At OU, everything was like perfect.”
Bremen coach Dan Stell saw a difference in Smith after Oklahoma came into the picture.
“Watching David go through this process, I think everything seemed to work out for a reason,” Stell said. “At one point, he was trying to narrow his search down to five schools. He had a difficult time with that. Once he narrowed it down to five, he took the next step and tried to narrow it down to two schools.
“Sure enough, on Dec. 23 when Oklahoma called, it went from was trying to decide between those two schools, and all of sudden Oklahoma came into the picture. That was a game-changer. At that point, he went from being stressed about the process to extremely excited.”
Smith also was attracted to Oklahoma because there could be an early opportunity to play.
“It’s actually a pretty good thing going over there as a tailback coming in,” Smith said. “It’s now me and another guy committed there. We have four tailbacks. I’m ready to compete.”
Stell was confident Smith would make an impact on and off the field at Oklahoma.
“You can see he’s the type of kid who can light up a room, and the same time, he can light up a playing field,” Stell said. “I think this is just the beginning for him.”