When it comes to finding talent for his football team, Bobby Petrino's not afraid to scour the country for the best fit.
That's why his Arkansas program is reaching out to the Pacific Northwest to try and land Renton (WA) Kentridge High School tight end Caleb Smith (6-7, 248, 4.7), who will take his official visit to Fayetteville this weekend.
Smith committed to Oregon State in August, but the Scout.com three-star prospect knew he needed to take a look when Arkansas entered the picture.
"One of the biggest reasons is how Arkansas uses its tight ends so well and had the Mackey Award winner D.J. Williams just a year ago," Smith said. "Not to mention that playing in the SEC is a big deal. It's the best conference in the country, big-time college football and I think I could fit right into their pro-style offense."
Smith is coming off a senior season in which he caught 37 passes for 580 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 450 yards and eight more touchdowns.
"I'm pretty athletic and lined up in the Wildcat for us and was able to make some plays," Smith said. "But I know tight end is my future."
He has offers from Arkansas, Oregon State, UCLA, Purdue, UNLV, Washington, Washington State and Colorado among others.
"This is a really big decision for me and I just want to make sure I am doing the right thing," Smith said. "I really like Oregon State and I am still committed to them, but need to take a look at Arkansas and see what is best for me."
Arkansas has stressed to Smith how much it would like to bring him in and use him right away.
That's enough to make him take a look at a school that is over 2,000 miles from his home.
"Arkansas has told me that they have a need at the position and the coaches believe I could come in and have an impact right away," Smith said. "That is very appealing to me and I am looking forward to getting out there early Friday afternoon and just checking it all out."
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