Cats 'in the hunt' for DE

Arizona has made a concerted effort the past few years to re-establish their recruiting ties to the Hawaiian Islands. Commits in recent years from players like Mana Mikaele and Bryson Beirne have longtime Wildcat fans harkening back to the Dick Tomey era. Arizona hosted a few Hawaiian players, including a defensive end from one of the nation's top high school programs.

Scott Smith made a visit to Tucson over the weekend and came away impressed with what he saw.

"It went good," the 6-7, 250-pound defensive end said. "That was my first recruiting trips, so I did not know what to expect but I really liked it."

The St. Louis High School standout is still planning to make trips to Cal, Oregon and Washington, but says that after tripping to Arizona the Wildcats are still "very much in the hunt."

Smith was not sure if he would take all of his visits, but that is currently the plan. He will still be taking trips after the holidays, so a mid to late January decision appears to be in the cards.

He does not profess any favorites, and is not quite certain what he wants in a school at this point, only that he will have to experience several recruiting visits before he can really start shaping an opinion.

"I don't really know what I am looking for," Smith said. "I am really up for anything."

Smith admitted that he did not know a whole lot about the Wildcats' past tradition with Hawaiian born players but he was pleased with having players from the islands on the current roster.

"That's a big part of my interest," said Smith who was hosted by fellow Hawaiians Mana Mikaele and Brandyn McCall.

Smith is currently rated as a two-star defensive end prospect, but the self-proclaimed "do it all" defensive end was recently named as Islands' Defensive Player of the Year.

Although he will take advisement on the recruiting process from coaches and family, the final decision rests on his shoulders.

"My dad said to go ‘where you feel most comfortable'. That's what I am going to do."


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