On Monday, a very talented 2016 OT prospect, Nathan Smith 6’7” 265 Murrieta (CA) Mesa, spent the day at Missouri on an unofficial visit. Afterwards, he spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his Missouri visit, his interest in the Tigers, and he updated us on the current status of his recruitment.
“The Missouri visit was awesome!” explained Smith, who along with his father is traveling throughout the country on a tour of unofficial visits. They’ve been to Nebraska and Kansas State in recent days, and they were on their way to Illinois, Notre Dame, and Miami (FL).
“They were very thorough,” continued Smith. “The Missouri coaches were awesome. It was great!”
Smith currently holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, California, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, Syracuse, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt, and Washington State, among others, in addition to Missouri.
“I got to tour the campus and the facilities,” said Smith, speaking of his Missouri visit. “I got to speak with Coach Henson and with Coach Pinkel and the other coaches.”
It appears that Smith is a high priority for the Tigers, and it also appears that the feeling is mutual.
Smith said that he’ll soon narrow his list to about 10 schools, and then he’ll choose the five schools where he will take official visits, beginning in the fall. He indicated that he’ll “most likely” return to Missouri for an official visit.
“Missouri has a great player development program,” explained Smith. “Their strength training coach is a very nice man. I just like the people there, and the culture that they have.”
Smith also said that he got to meet the Missouri offensive linemen.
“Missouri is one of my favorite schools right now,” said Smith, who indicated that he expects that Coach Henson and Coach Ricker will come to see him later this spring.