Four-star OT Enjoys Latest Visit to Rutgers

Four-star offensive tackle Donovan Smith of Owings Mills (Md.) High talks about why he decided to make the drive to Rutgers for an unofficial visit Sunday, and what he got out of the day. He gives a time frame for when he may start cutting his list, and the chances of whether the Scarlet Knights will make it. Also, find out where his travels will take him this summer.

For the second time in two months and third time in just over three months, four-star Owing Mills (Md.) High offensive tackle Donovan Smith made the three-hour drive north to visit Rutgers.

During the Sunday visit, a high-profile recruiting get-together involving two dozen of the top players in the class 2011, Smith talked with members of the coaching staff, ate lunch and also had a forgettable, though laughable, finish to an intense game of NFL Madden football.

"It was good,'' Smith said. "Went out up there and I had time to hang out with some of the players, the coaches. It was just a good day to hang out.''

Smith, who holds offer from more than a dozen schools, said the visit showed his serious interest in Rutgers.

"I went just to build a player-coach relationship,'' Smith said. "It's not that far from any other college, besides Maryland and Virginia. And Virginia is about 2½ hours. I've already been speaking with (Rutgers assistant) coach (Randy) Mevlin and (assistant) coach (Kyle) Flood, and staying in contact with them the most, so I wanted to go and show up.''

Smith described the day as "laid back,'' but he did get a chuckle about the way he suffered a loss in a football video game.

"I lost by five in Madden,'' he said. "I didn't call a timeout and I was down at the 50 and 10 or 15 seconds ran off. I could have got another play off, but I didn't. It was a fun day.''

Smith said he will begin trimming his list in August. His the idea is to but it to a top 10 or top 15, depending on how many more offers he gains.

So, are any schools definitely making the cut?

"Rutgers has a great possibility,'' Smith said. "Penn State, Maryland, just because that's the most contact I've had. Everybody has a chance.''

Smith said he will likely visit Rutgers again in the summer, and also plans to travel to Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland and possibly Connecticut.

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