Smith takes in unofficials to PAC 10 teams

Nebraska was the first to offer Mike Smith, the standout out defensive end from Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde. The problem might not be that Smith has received other offers, but where those other offers might take him. There is no doubt that staying close to home for Smith would be a blessing to him, but would an offer from a California school be too much to pass up?

Mike Smith should be considered one of Nebraska's earliest recruiting targets. The Huskers offered Smith very early in the process and sort of discovered what a recruiting world would have still ultimately found.

The 6-foot-6.5 and 230 pound Smith has set up an official to Nebraska and, despite some earlier reports, it's not for the home opener against Maine. Smith is set to come in and see Nebraska take on a conference opponent.

"I am coming in October 7. It's the game against Texas Tech," Smith said. "It wasn't ever the opening weekend."

The summer has been hot for Smith being in Las Vegas and he has been to one local camp recently and will be taking off with his team on a team camp. "It's going good. It's real good. I went to the NAPS camp. We go to a team camp, but we haven't gone yet. We go next Monday."

Besides going to camps, Smith has been spending his time working out and just taking some time off to relax. "I have just been lifting weights and working out. Then I am trying to get some relaxing in a little bit."

Smith is up to three written offers, but it seems like three others could show up in the mail box any day. "I am still up to three offers that I have written. There is UNLV, Nebraska and Oregon State. I heard that Oregon, Colorado State and UCLA are supposed to offer. I am going to visit UCLA probably next week."

The upcoming trip to UCLA is preceded by a trip that Smith just returned from seeing two other PAC 10 schools. "I went to see Oregon State and Cal. I like the campus at Oregon State. Cal was really nice. I like the atmosphere there better. I am more of a city person."

So how does Nebraska stack up to the two campuses and cities that he just saw at Oregon State and Cal?

"Nebraska was right in the middle of the city. I liked that. Nebraska is more modern than Oregon State. There are a lot of people and Corvallis is really just the college. Cal had more stuff than Lincoln because it was right next to San Francisco. They didn't seem like they cared as much about their football as they did in Nebraska."

Smith has said multiple times that he would like to go to school in California possibly. Is that want something that will never allow him to see himself at Nebraska? "It would be a blessing to go somewhere close, like on the West coast, but it doesn't really matter. It's wherever it's going to be and be best for me."

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