After attending Baylor’s football camp on Sunday, it didn’t take Marshall High School defensive end Marje Smith long to decide he wanted to play for coach Matt Rhule.
Smith made his verbal commitment to Baylor on Monday, becoming the 15th commitment in the Bears’ 2018 class.
“I went down there and saw how the coaches had a lot of energy and the players were fun to be around,” Smith said. “I like the vibe they have. I feel like it’s going to be a great home for me.”
The 6-5, 200-pound Smith started some games at defensive end as a sophomore for Marshall in 2015 before playing safety, wide receiver and tight end as a junior last season. He was offered a scholarship by Stephen F. Austin and has received some interest from Texas A&M.
“I was tall for a safety but I also got into the box like an outside linebacker,” Smith said. “I’ll play defensive end at Baylor, and I think I can be a great pass rusher.”
Smith is an all-around athlete who plays forward for the Marshall basketball team, and runs relays for the track team. He’s the second defensive end to commit to Baylor in the 2018 class as he joins Houston Lamar’s Joshua Landry.
“I feel like it’s going to be a strong class,” Smith said. “I’ve been in touch with most of the guys, and they’re glad I’m coming.”