"I told him, 'Well, you're going to see that. I'm a Vandal,' and wow, he got pretty excited," laughed Smith.
Smith played with Michael Cosgrove at Desert Pines in Las Vegas and now that they're going to be reunited as collegians, Smith said there's but one thing on his mind when thinking about the big picture.
"Let's win the WAC," said Smith.
Idaho has been recruiting Smith since before his senior year, he said, and offered him back during the summer. Others in the WAC saw some of the same things and put their offers on the table as well. College coaches who offered Smith were primarily impressed by his burst and how he is able to get in the backfield.
"They liked how I come off the edge - that and they liked how I fight the double team," said Smith.
The trip to Idaho couldn't have gone better, said Smith, who said the Moscow campus, community and sense of winning was what ultimately sold him on donning the silver and gold next season.
"I pretty much liked everything, the whole environment and the campus. I fell in love with it out there, really," said Smith.
Senior honors for Smith were extensive this fall, and included being named a First Team All-Sunrise Region Class 4A selection at defensive end, and a Second Team tightend selection. He was also named a First Team All-Northeast Division selection at both DE and TE. With Nevada All-State selections expected to be released later this month, look for Smith to garner more accolades.
Last summer at the Southern Nevada Football Combine, Terry Tarver (an assistant coach at Shadow Ridge High School) filed this report for RebelNation.net (the UNLV scout site):
"DE/TE Charles Smith from Desert Pines High School who received an offer from SDSU on Thursday. At over 6-5 and 225 pounds, Smith is athletic, as evidenced by his 4.9 second 40-yard dashes, but he also has the frame to carry a lot more weight. If Smith can continue to get stronger, this young man will make a very solid impact wherever he decides to go to school."Desert Pines finished the 2007 season with a 5-5 record and 4-2 in Northeast Division of the Sunrise Region. Statistically Smith was solid. As a junior he recorded 63 tackles and 9 sacks. He followed that performance up this year with 52 tackles and 8 sacks.
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