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.
"It's really special to be able to share this moment with them," Smith said. "I actually pulled out a photo album of when we were all younger and still playing DB. We're real lucky to be able to do this together."
Luck had nothing to do with it for Smith, who displayed on and off the field why he was such a coveted recruit.
North coach Jeremy Dombek noticed a change in Smith this season as Dombek said Smith relished being thrust into the leadership position and didn't disappoint.
Smith said the family atmosphere and the Missouri coaching staff are the two biggest reasons he will be attending the school.
The Huskies had a total of eight football players sign Wednesday, with kicker Austin Brasher signing with Brigham Young as the other Division I signee.