Smith ‘super excited’ to add Irish offer

Notre Dame extended an offer to four-star offensive tackle Nathan Smith of Murrieta (Calif.) Mesa on Monday. Smith, who boasts over 20 offers, explains what has him excited about adding an offer from the Irish.

Adding an offer from Notre Dame on Monday evening was four-star offensive tackle Nathan Smith of Murrieta (Calif.) Mesa.

“I talked to Coach (Harry) Hiestand just a little bit ago and found out that he wanted to offered me,” Smith said. “He said he finally was able to watch my film and he liked what he sw. He sad I was very physical, accurate and would be a perfect fit at Notre Dame.”

Smith pointed to Notre Dame’s rich tradition on the field as what holds his attention when he thinks of the Irish. 

“It’s an awesome offer,” Smith said. “Notre Dame is a legendary football team, so I’m super excited. I know coach Hiestand is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country.”

Smith is rapidly approaching 30 offers, and schools such as Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, California, Illinois, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, Syracuse, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Washington State comprise his current offer list.

Schools that have expressed heavy interest according to Smith but have yet to offer include Clemson, Michigan and USC.

“I believe I’m up to about 24 or 25 offers now,” Smith said. “I plan to cut that down after spring break when I visit a lot of schools.”

The 6-foot-7, 265-pound lineman plans to hit Nebraska, Kansas State, Missouri, Illinois, Miami, Arizona State and Arizona during his week off of school. He has already taken unofficial visits to Baylor, Clemson, SMU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.

“I wish that Notre Dame had offered me just a couple weeks earlier because I’ll be in the Midwest and would have liked to visit,” Smith said. “I definitely plan on visiting at some point, probably this summer.”

Smith says he’s open to “playing anywhere” and plans to take all five official visits in the fall before announcing a decision.

“I’m unsure of what I want to do yet academically, so I will be looking at the prestige of the football program, the coaches, and feeling I get when I visit the campus,” Smith said.

At 265 pounds, Scout national analyst Brandon Huffman believes Smith has the ideal frame to continue to add weight.

“I’m super aggressive, I understand leverage, and I use my hands well,” Smith said. “And I make sure to finish my blocks.”

Smith is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 28 offensive tackle in the class of 2016.


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