Waiting game

When a prospect has all the athletic ability required to earn a Division I scholarship and no offers this late in the process, it's generally a pretty good indication he has work to do in the classroom. That might not be the case for Lexington Smith.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman from Denver East High School reports a 2.6 grade point average and a qualifying score on his latest ACT result.

Those marks won't get him into every school, but they should be good enough for most.

Lexington Smith said he still hasn't received his first scholarship offer as we enter the final month of the 2010 recruiting cycle.

Three of Smith's former teammates spent their first season in Boulder this fall as redshirts. Smith said he would like nothing better than the opportunity to join them and play for the Buffs, but he hasn't heard from the Colorado coaching staff recently. He recently completed a highlight tape he put together with the help of his mentor and mailed it to various programs. He hopes it brings more interest his way.

"Pretty much all the offseason is about for me is trying to get stronger in the weight room and trying to get a couple schools to show some interest in me and hopefully offer me a scholarship," he said.

Smith missed the first three games of his senior season after suffering a hip injury, but rebounded to play the rest of the season and earn honorable mention all-state honors. He said he continues to work hard in the weight room to regain his strength and explosion but doesn't expect the injury to be a recurring problem or an issue in the future.

Smith said he believes he can play at the highest level in college. He just needs the right opportunity.

"I think the injury took away a couple opportunities that could have been available to me, one of which was being first team All-State," Smith said. "And I do believe there were a couple schools who were looking at me and looking to see me excel this year, and because of my injury, it was kind of hard to do that."

Arizona State defensive coordinator Craig Bray visited Smith in early December and encouraged him to be patient with the Sun Devils. He also has heard from Northern Colorado.

If he doesn't receive any Division I scholarship offers that excite him by national signing day next month, he might opt to spend a few years at one of a handful of junior colleges that have expressed interest.

Smith has been in contact with Arizona Western JC, College of San Mateo and College of San Francisco.

We will stay in touch with Smith over the next month to where the process takes him.

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