Milwaukee area prep standout Jerry Smith has given Rick Pitino and Louisville a verbal commitment over Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Tennessee
The announcement of the one-time Marquette recruiting target provides a continuation of the trend of some of the best players in the Midwest choosing to take their game to the Big East rather than the big-state-U in their home locale.
When recruits of the caliber of Smith choose a Big East school (even if its an MU rival) over an in-state Big Ten school, it reiterates the value of MU's Big East affiliation:
"It was a very difficult decision for our family to choose Louisville over Wisconsin. But Jerry wanted to go play in the Big East."
Smith Sr. said the family spent hours pondering the decision but it ultimately came down to the Big East.
Quality midwestern preps in healthy numbers are choosing Big East programs over their Big Eleven counterparts. Smith and Wes Matthews out of Wisconsin to UL and Marquette respectively. Luke Zellar to ND and Dominic James to Marquette out of Indiana. Eric Devendorf to Syracuse and Wilson Chandler to DePaul--both out of Michigan. Jerel McNeal out of Illinois to Marquette. Just to name a few.
Welcome to the league, Mr. Smith. And thanks for the endorsement of the Big East.