Sebastian Smith drops IU

Indiana and first-time coach Kevin Wilson got off to a hot start in their first full recruiting class by reeling in a number of commitments through the spring and summer, but the last few months have not been kind to the Hoosiers.

The news only got worse on Wednesday, when two-star Pickerington (Ohio) Central safety Sebastian Smith decommitted from the Hoosiers.

“I officially decommitted earlier today,” Smith said.

The decommitment didn’t have as much to do with Indiana as it had to do with interest from another Big Ten school.

“Nebraska has shown me a lot of interest,” Smith said. “It probably started about three weeks ago. [Graduate assistant] Vince Marrow came and talked to me and said they’re really interested in me.

“He came by the school and he took my film and took it back to the coaching staff. He said I have a lot of potential and made a big deal about my ability to run and feels I can play at the next level. With my potential and size [6-foot-3], he said he can work with me a lot.”

The Huskers now lead for Smith, who is no longer considering the Hoosiers. He will visit Nebraska on Jan. 13 and has no other visits planned.

It will be Smith’s first time in Lincoln, Neb., when he visits next Friday, and he said he is most looking forward to meeting the coaches.

“The coaching staff is very important,” he said, “because I want it to feel like a family there and to know I’m comfortable there with the coach and the team and all that.”

Nebraska is the only school that has been in contact with him, but Smith is open to other schools that renew their interest now that he is open again.

The Huskers haven’t officially offered Smith yet, but Smith said he basically has one and the staff will make it official during his visit.