Decision Time Approaching for DB Derron Smith

Decision time is fast approaching for defensive back Derron Smith of Banning (Calif) High School. Smith visited the San Jose State campus last weekend, and will trip to Fresno State next. He also had some visitors of his own, and has narrowed his choices to a final three.

Putting the best athletes on the field has often been the mantra of coaches. Regardless if their natural position it is assumed an athlete can adjust and make plays regardless of where he is on the field. Such appears to be the case with defensive back Derron Smith of Banning (Calif) High School. Smith made an official visit to San Jose State this past weekend, and followed that with a visit from the SJSU staff.

"Coach (Mike) MacIntyre was at our house Monday night for Dinner," Smith's father, Mike, told Inside Sparta in an email. "He wants Derron to play both ways as he is trying to put the best athletes on the field all the time."

Mike Smith also shared his thoughts on the new San Jose State head coach.

"He seems to be a very energetic coach coach and I think he will turn the program around," he said.

San Jose State isn't the only Western Athletic Conference school hoping to secure Derron's signature on Feb. 3. Fresno State and Nevada are putting on the full court press as well.

"Derron will visit Fresno State this weekend," Mike Smith said. "Pat Hill was at our house tonight and they are very aggressive as well.

"Coach (James) Ward from Nevada at our house yesterday afternoon before coach Hill arrived,"

Mike Smith added that his son will make his decision next week.

"Derron has narrowed it down to SJSU, Nevada and Fresno State," Smith said. "He still also holds offers from SDSU, UNLV, Nebraska, New Mexico State and Idaho."

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