Smith's Visit West A Good One

Owings Mills (Mary.) offensive tackle Donovan Smith made his first-ever trip to the Golden State and he chats about his visit to UCLA...

Owings Mills (Mary.) offensive tackle Donovan Smith had never been to California before last weekend.

The 6-7, 280-pound four-star was on his fourth official visit, to UCLA, and the trip was quite the experience for Smith.

"I loved it there, it was great," said Smith. "It was my first time in California and I loved the weather and everything was real nice. It was a sunny and clear day. It was all a good visit."

Smith was hosted by Brandon Willis and also spent time with several other visitors.

"It was mostly me, Brett Hundley, Kevin McReynolds and Sam Tai all hanging out together, and having fun," said Smith. "I definitely enjoyed my time out there. We saw up and down Sunset Blvd and Venice Beach."

Smith said Hundley was giving him a lot of time and attention.

"He was talking to me all kinds about protecting his blindside and he's a really good guy," said Smith. "I'd definitely like to play with someone like him."

Smith also chatted with the UCLA coaches.

"Coach (Daronte) Jones and Coach (Bob) Palcic were who I talked with the most," said Smith. "Coach Palcic and I went over some stuff they go through for the linemen, some Xs and Os. He was just giving me a preview of what they do and how he teaches them."

Smith has previously visited Penn State, Michigan State and NC State and will visit Syracuse this coming weekend.

"I will have all my visits done after Syracuse and I think I'll cut it down to a top four, sometime late next week," said Smith. "I'll announce at the U.S. Army All-American Game."

Smith does have a leader.

"Penn State is the leader right now," said Smith. "I've had an in-home visit with them, that's the only one I've had it with."

Smith said that he's focused on six schools, the five he's visiting and the hometown Terps.

"As for who's recruiting me the hardest, they're all coming hard," said Smith. "But Maryland and UCLA, they're recruiting me pretty hard."

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