Recruit continues to explode after picking up St. John’s basketball offer

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Jai Smith is continuing to explode on the recruiting trail after landing an offer from the St. John’s basketball program.

One of the least talked about recruits in the junior class is continuing his hot streak on the recruiting trail as Jai Smith is still racking up the offers.

Smith, a Syracuse, New York native, picked up an offer from St. John’s back on October 13, but the Red Storm have been just one of many programs to reach out to the 6-foot-9 power forward.

Since the calendar turned to October, Smith has also picked up offers from Georgia Tech, Arizona, Wake Forest, Marquette, and North Carolina State, not to mention already holding offers from Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas A&M, Alabama, Memphis, Ole Miss, Xavier, Houston, VCU, East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Hofstra, Massachusetts, Oregon State, San Diego State, St. Louis, Sienna, and Rutgers.

Jai Smith stars at Bull City Prep Academy (N.C.) and is ranked as a three-star recruit, No. 161 player in the Class of 2022, No. 31 power forward, and No. 3 player in the state of New York, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

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However, the interest in Smith does not end with his offers as he has told recruiting insider Jake Weingarten he is receiving interest from Texas Tech, Florida, Louisville, Florida State, Wichita State, Connecticut, Oregon, USC, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Boston College, Miami (FL), and Clemson.

The Kansas Jayhawks and Duke Blue Devils have also shown interest in the forward, but despite not landing an offer from either blue-blood yet, Smith said Kansas is much more involved than Duke at the moment.

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Jai Smith recently took center stage at the North Carolina Top-80 recruiting showcase where he landed his offer from the Red Storm, and many other programs, shortly thereafter.

Smith was a member of the Class of 2021 and reclassified to the Class of 2021, but he told Weingarten that there is a chance he could flip back to the senior class, but no plans have been finalized as of yet.

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