Calvin Smith Taken Hostage, Commits To New Mexico

Four star Hialeah, Florida defensive tackle Calvin Smith’s appearance on ESPNU for his announcement was strange enough: a false start, a halting “Um, are we on?” kind of moment, and then a hushed, solemn progression through the patter of questions leading up to the big announcement. By all accounts, stirring or comfortable television it was not.

This did not come close to comparing with the shock of his announcment, though. Smith spurned Tennessee, Florida State, and Alabama for New Mexico, a team that went 1-11 last year under Mike Locksley, a coach investigated for striking one of his assistants Tom Cable-style in a staff meeting. Smith’s quote on why he chose New Mexico:

“I just go where my heart tells me to go,” Smith said. “I’m not listening to what people say. I go where I feel comfortable at.”

Or where the person holding you hostage at gunpoint just off camera wants you to go.

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