A.J. Smith, a linebacker from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, committed to UNT this afternoon, picking UNT over an offer from Texas State.
“It feels like a weight has been lifted off my chest,” Smith said. “It’s pretty exciting.”
Smith finished with 55 tackles this season and was an honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Athletic Conference selection.
Smith will transfer to UNT at midterm and will have three years to use his final two years of eligibility.
UNT’s staff showed interest in Smith all the way back to spring practice. Smith visited UNT unofficially this spring and then came back to Denton for an official visit last weekend.
Smith can play either middle linebacker or on the strong side, which makes him a good fit for UNT. The Mean Green will lose starting middle linebacker Zach Orr and outside linebacker Will Wright to graduation following the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Smith was one of a few key junior college prospects to visit UNT over the weekend. Former UAB quarterback Josh Greer also visited UNT and told the Denton Record-Chronicle late last night that he is planning to make a decision on where he will continue his college career by the end of today.
For more on Smith, check tomorrow’s edition of the Denton Record-Chronicle and stay tuned to the blog for the latest.