The first verbal commitment of Scott Frost’s tenure at Nebraska is in, and it’s at a position of need.

Defensive back C.J. Smith of Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Florida) pledged to the 2018 class on Sunday afternoon, he announced on Twitter.

“It’s been a great honor to go through this amazing recruiting process,” he wrote. “I’d like to thank all coaches that recruited me through my long journey. I ‘d also like to thank my parents on helping me become the man that I am today.”

Even by the short timeline in front of Frost and his assistant coaches, Smith was an early target. He received a scholarship offer on Sunday, one day after Frost was officially hired and the same day he was introduced as the head coach here. The staff made sure to get Smith on an official visit as soon as it could, and it paid off.

Smith is listed at 6-foot-2 and 193 pounds and played safety at Oxbridge. 

He was already familiar with Frost and the Husker coaching staff, having taken a visit to Central Florida in November. 

His other official visits included Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Louisville. Smith at one time was verbally pledged to Florida, but opened his recruitment back up months before the season started. 

This story will be updated. 

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