Recruiting Wars: Brodrick Smith

Even before Christmas, Garden City High wide receiver Brodrick Smith had his list down to a pretty firm two. His visits were almost set up and things were really starting to take shape. But a recent offer has thrown a wrench into the works, this one coming from Nebraska . Smith talked about how the situation looks now.

While Brodrick Smith might not have just came out and said that it was down to Kansas State and Oregon , those are the schools he plans on visiting officially. Smith has seen K. State once already as an unofficial visitor, but come the tail-end of January (25th), he'll be checking out on a more official note. The same can be said of Oregon , but that visit is still in the works, as they say.

Prior to Dec. 20th, Nebraska wasn't even a blip on the radar to this Kansas prep star. But on the 20th, that took a rather pronounced turn. "They called me and they offered me that day," Smith said of a call he received from Husker wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore. "It was a surprise, because I hadn't heard from anyone up there prior to that."

Nebraska may have been a surprise to him, but Smith's value as an athlete isn't a surprise to anyone. Playing quarterback for Garden City this last season, Smith paced the offense with over 1,.300 yards rushing and 18 scores, running a spread Smith likened to what the University of Texas ran when Vince Young led the Longhorns.

At 6-3, 200 pounds, with a reported best 4.41 in the 40, at least from an athletic standpoint, you can see where there is some similarity. But Smith won't be playing QB at the next level. He knows where his bread is buttered, to speak. "Everyone is recruiting me to play wide receiver," Smith said. "I'm good at running routes, I have good hands and I can go up and get the ball."

The running ability doesn't hurt, as that gives you yards after the catch, something almost as value as the ability to catch the ball itself. And with a reported 35-inch vertical, yeah, he can go up and get the ball with the best of them.

Now, the question is, which school will get his services? As late as the offer came from the Huskers, and as little as he knows about the coaches in Lincoln , Smith said that he wasn't ready to write them off. Lack of familiarity or not, he said that the big red deserved a big look. "It's a big-time program and I hear they have big-time facilities. So, I know I will be making a visit up there. I'm not sure when, but it will have to be soon, because I plan on announcing my decision before the end of the month," he said.

The Oregon visit is up in the air, but Brodrick said that he's working to get that one in the books.

As for what he's looking in a college, Smith's criteria is about as simple as can be: "I just want to go to a place where it's a nice campus, good coaches and a place that feels comfortable for me," he said. "Weather obviously isn't an issue, but playing time is. I would like to contribute as soon as I can."

Smith didn't say that he had any clear favorites, but said that the following would be a good firm list for him right now: Illinois , Kansas State , Nebraska , Arizona , Minnesota and Oregon . Smith said all have offered at this point.

Brodrick has a 3.1 GPA.

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