Nebraska redshirt freshman defensive back C.J. Smith has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal. He announced his decision via Twitter late Tuesday night.
Smith was the first recruit to commit to Nebraska in the Scott Frost era. Out of high school, the defensive back was a three-star prospect. Smith issued a short statement via Twitter regarding his departure from the program.
“It has been a great journey at the University of Nebraska, I would like (to) thank the entire coaching staff especially Coach (Dewitt), Coach Beck and Dr. Haskell for helping me in all aspects on and off the field,” Smith wrote. “But with that being said I have entered my name into the transfer portal and will be reopening my recruitment. Thank you.”
Thank you… pic.twitter.com/iYXKJdpvNW
— Cj Smith (@Cj_Csmith) June 5, 2019
Smith appeared in the first two games of the 2018 season as a true freshman but sustained a knee injury that cut his year short. He did not see the field for the remainder of the season.
Smith made no mention of a potential landing spot or why he decided to leave the program.
Because of the design of the transfer portal, Smith could return to Nebraska if it’s in his best interest. However, it seems unlikely considering his announcement via Twitter.