Smith to Visit in December four-star offensive tackle Donovan Smith is all set for a weekend trip to see one of the top schools on his list. He has also has a trip out west scheduled for December...

Donovan Smith, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman from Owings Mills High in Md., holds offers from schools all over the country.

Right now Penn State, Michigan State, Syracuse, Connecticut, UCLA and N.C. State seem to be at the top of his list.

Smith has already seen the campus at MSU on an official visit and this weekend he will be taking his second official visit when he goes to PSU.

Smith, who seems to have a great head on his shoulders, is looking most forward to reconnecting with recruiting coordinator Mike McQueary in Happy Valley.

"The recruiting coordinator and I have developed a relationship back in February and we have been building on that relationship."

The four-star tackle is also excited to bond with red-shirt freshman quarterback Robert Bolden, who would be leading the team for most of his career should he end up picking the Nittany Lions.

"I like their quarterback. (He is only) a freshman and that is a big plus. I would be protecting his blindside!"

A favorable depth chart at Penn State gives Smith a good feeling about the possibility of playing time next year as true freshman. "I have a chance to compete for an early spot!" But he contends that academics are just as important as anything on the field.

"I am going to college for academics not ball. I am focusing on that. I am not just going somewhere because it's a winning team but where it is a best fit for me."

The senior plans to follow in his uncle's footsteps, aiming for a career in criminal justice.

"Penn State has a good one (Criminal Justice program)."

At this time Smith is also planning to take official visits to N.C. State (11/12) and UCLA (December) before reaching a final decision.

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