Florida Linebacker Holds KSU Offer

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State looks to Broward County's Coral Springs Florida and Linebacker Cameron Smith to replenish the linebacking corp. Smith picks up an offer from the 'Cats....

Cameron Smith is entering his senior season at J.P. Taravella High School in Broward County's Coral Springs, Fla. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker is currently hold four scholarship offers, his most recent coming from Kansas State.

"Two or three weeks ago they let my coach know I had an offer," Cameron Smith said of the Wildcat overture. "We sent them tape from spring ball, my game highlights, and all of my academic records. Their academics attract to me more than anything. They (Kansas State) offer a great education. They'll be down here to play Miami in a few weeks. It's a game I want to go to very badly."

Memphis was the first school to offer Smith, followed by Minnesota and Northern Illinois. He says interest from Georgia Tech and Iowa State has been picking up steam of late.

"The plan is during my bye-week to visit all of the schools who've offered me," Smith said. "A school with a good Engineering program is important to me. I want to look at the graduation rate and see what their graduates are doing after college.

" I'd love to play for a well-known coach with a winning tradition. Location is important for me because I'd like to be in a place where I'll know someone to help me get around. Devon Wright, who played here (Taravella), is at Minnesota. I'll have to input all the information though and know a lot more after my visits."

Smith began a role in the starting lineup for the Trojans in his sophomore season at defensive end. His high school plays a 3-4 defense with Smith playing the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, a role he enjoys.

"My goal is to get at least five sacks and five interceptions," Smith said for his senior season. "I like being able to pass rush or drop back into coverage. Our team played in a lot of 7-on-7's over the summer, and I camped at Miami.

"Improving at dropping back in coverage is what I really worked hard at in the off-season. Last year, I had a pick that I returned for a touchdown. Hopefully, I can make some big plays for us and do what I can to help the team win District."

The Trojans only posted two wins last season. Head Coach Dan Marguriet hopes this is the breakthrough year. Hired in 2007, Marguriet hasn't posted a winning season yet with the Trojans. They kickoff their season on 9/2 against Coral Glades.

Smith says the current athletic star of the family is Wayne Lyons who's a freshman cornerback at Stanford this fall, but he's hoping he's next. Smith wears No. 45 for the Trojans.

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