The last few weeks have been a coming out party of sorts for Detroit Southeastern WR Fred Smith. The 6-3, 205-pounder was one of the top receivers in attendance at last weekend's Penn State Nike Camp and was in the running for MVP if this weekend's Chicago Scout Combine. Prior to heading to the Windy City he told GoBlueWolverine that his best performance is yet to come.
"It went well," Smith said of his showing at last week's PSU Nike Camp. "I did pretty good. I know I opened up some eyes for sure. In one-on-ones I only went like five times and I caught four balls. I'm going to try to do even better in Chicago."
The only negative aspect of his trip to State College last week the opportunity he missed matching up with Detroit Cass Tech star and Michigan commitment Boubacar Cissoko. He was further disappointed when he learned Cissoko wouldn't be in attendance in Chicago. However, the day when two of the state of Michigan's top prospects WILL match up has been etched in stone, and Smith is already excited.
"We're cool," Smith said if his relationship with Cissoko. "When we see each other we talk. We talked at the camp last week. We wanted to go against each there but we weren't able to make it happen. We play each other at (Detroit Southeastern's) homecoming this year. I plan on breaking some records that game."
"Boubacar is good…but Boubacar is kind of little," Smith continued laughing. "I’m not saying I’m the biggest guy, but Boubacar is kind of little."
When Cissoko heard of the boastful comments, the ever confident youngster said, "we'll see… don't let me get my hands on him."
Always ready with a retort, Smith issued a warning.
"Ahh no... he doesn’t want to do that," Smith said confidently. "He doesn't want to try to get physical... He doesn't want any part of that!"
With that game still four months away, Smith is focusing more on those that he knows do want a part of him. Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue have all stepped forward with scholarship offers and have been ratcheting up the recruiting intensity.
"Illinois was just at my school," he said. "Michigan hasn’t been by recently, but they said they would be by soon. Coach Dantonio from Michigan State has been by. All the schools (that have offered) are on me pretty hard. I’m interested in Iowa too, but they haven’t offered yet."
With interest still coming from new schools every week, Smith is still leaning toward prolonging his recruitment. However, he does leave open the possibility of doing something sooner if the feeling hits him.
"I think I’m going to still wait it out so I can be sure I make the right decision," said Smith. "Maybe it will be before the seasons starts. I’m looking at it with an open mind."
One of the determining factors in when the verdict will be rendered might be the campus visits he takes this summer. Right now only two destinations have been determined, and those just happen to be the two programs that are sitting atop his list at this point.
"I’m going to go to a lot of camps," Smith said. "I know I’m going to go to the Michigan and Michigan State Camps. I’m not sure of which camps outside of the state yet. I know Michigan and Michigan State are my top two as of right now."
For more on Smith stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for highlights from his performance at this weekend's Chicago Scout combine, as well a video interview.