Four-star Smith Still Looking at Rutgers?

Rutgers offered Owings Mills (Md.) High four-star offensive tackle Donovan Smith in the winter, and he has always maintained an interest in the Scarlet Knights. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Smith planned to visit Rutgers this summer, but did not make it to campus. He spoke to about his plans, and whether a trip to Piscataway was still a possibility.

By now, four-star offensive tackle Donovan Smith of Owings Mills (Md.) High figured he would begin paring his list of suitors, but those plans are on hold because the interest level in him continues to grow.

When he does trim the list, though, he knows Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, UCLA, and Virginia will make it.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Smith added Rutgers has the opportunity to make the cut. He has been to the campus and plans to return in the fall.

"I've been talking to them, email here and there, and some Facebook messages," Smith said. "We're staying in touch. I'm trying to get up there for a game."

Smith acknowledged the recruiting process has not progressed exactly how he thought it would, including the continued interest from new schools and the potential for more offers.

One instance is North Carolina, which is on his list of five schools which will make his cut. The Tar Heels are yet to offer, but that could happen shortly.

"I'm not cutting it down yet, but I know those schools, when I do cut it down, will make the cut," Smith said. "I'm still picking up offers. I'm thinking I'm getting ready to narrow it down and make it easier on myself, but more schools just keep offering."

When it does come time to cut the list, Smith will still have plenty of schools on it.

"I'll probably have a top 10 or 12," he said. "I was planning on cutting it in August, but I'm still wide open. I'm going to leave room for more schools if they offer.

"At first I really didn't understand the process. Now, I understand it more and it's what I expected. If you ‘re a top recruit, everybody is going to be after you. They're going to do what they have to do to try and get you."

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