Shawn Smith, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard from Jacksonville, Fla., gave a verbal commitment to Missouri yesterday, becoming the third player to pledge to accept one of the Tigers’ eight available scholarships.

Smith told the Columbia Daily Tribune, “I really didn’t hear too much about Missouri, but when I got to the campus, it was like, ‘Wow,’ I kind of fell in love with the players. They like to have fun. So it was kind of surprising. I really wouldn’t have looked at them being in my top five or even committed to them, but I fell in love with them.”

Smith had once committed to the University of Central Florida, but also considered Cincinnati, South Florida and South Carolina.