Edmond North's Xavier Smith makes it official, signs with Missouri

BY BOB PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Published: February 4, 2010

EDMOND — Edmond North senior Xavier Smith has kind of been forgotten in the last couple of months.

When talking about big recruits, his name was left out of the conversation. Not because his play and potential didn't warrant mentioning, but when you commit July 22, there isn't much drama.

Smith committed to the University Missouri in the summer, never second-guessed his decision and wearing nothing but Mizzou colors, signed Wednesday morning at a ceremony at the North High gym.

"It just makes it feel more official. My heart has been with Missouri for a long time," Smith said. "It makes me feel that all the hard work and sacrifices have been worth it."

Smith was a standout cornerback for the Huskies, who was among the best cover-corners in the state. However, he also wasn't afraid to lower his shoulder and hit somebody. Smith said he will continue to play in the secondary for the Tigers.

It was only fitting that the North secondary, which were the leaders of the team all season, got to shine on this day as three of the four signed to play college ball.

Cornerback Rickey Lawyer signed with Northeastern while safety Brandon Downing signed with Washburn University in Kansas.

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