Oregon offer would be huge for Smothers

Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin wide receiver Steven Smothers talks about one of his dream schools and what an offer from them could mean.

Versatile wide receiver Steven Smothers is already on the radar of several big name college football programs.

The four-star prospect from Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Virginia Tech among others, and more are likely to be extended as he ventures into his junior season.

The offers have been thrilling for a player that’s eager to prove that great players can come from the Baltimore area.

“I want to show people that even though I’m from Baltimore,” he began “I can go to Oregon, Alabama or Texas, and have a tremendous freshman season and that I can put Baltimore on the map.”

Smothers is hoping that his two dream schools, Oregon and Miami, will step up and offer him in the near future. He’s already sent his film to Ducks wide receivers coach Matt Lubick, who told Smothers he loved the tape but explained that the team rarely extends offers to sophomores.

However, Smothers has continued to receive mail from Oregon and believes the offer will surface soon.

“As soon as Sept. 1 hits and I’m officially a junior, I think Oregon will be the first school to offer,” he said.

If and when the offer arrives, the Ducks project be in great shape for the 5-foot-11, 155-pound athlete.

“They would immediately be my number one school,” he said.

Smothers’ love of Oregon dates back to watching Dennis Dixon’s magical 2007 season that was cut short due to injury. Since then, he’s followed the program and believes he could thrive within the up-tempo offense that has become a staple within the program since former head coach/offensive coordinator Chip Kelly’s arrival that same year.

“They get the ball in the playmakers’ hands,” Smothers said. “And the no-huddle is going to keep the defense on its toes and wouldn’t substitute in. I think being in that system would take my game to the next level.”

Smothers is not only a threat at wide receiver, but also as a running back and return specialist. He wants to fill the void left open by the recent departure former Ducks speedster De’Anthony Thomas, who kept defenses honest for most of his three seasons at Oregon in a similar role.

“I feel like I can come in there and have the same impact he had playing running back, wide receiver, kick returns and punt returns,” he said.

Oregon also offers appealing academic options for Smothers, who plans on pursuing an architecture degree in college.

“I’m just good with my hands and building things,” he said. “I want to build buildings, stadiums, houses, anything I can build.”

Having already visited Florida, Florida State, Virginia, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion and Penn State, Smothers plans to take more trips after the upcoming season.

“I’m going to try to get to Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee and Miami in the offseason,” he said.

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