Smith One of West's Best

The Granite Bay (Calif.) 2015 linebacker, Cameron Smith, is one of the best at his position in the region already...

Granite Bay (Calif.) 2015 linebacker Cameron Smith (6-2, 247), already has a couple of early offers, from San Diego State and UCLA.

And the all-state underclass selection should have plenty more by the time he signs in 20 months from now.

"San Diego State offered early on this offseason, right when the spring started," said Smith. "They were excited to have another guy like Miles Burris (a current NFL linebacker who prepped at Granite Bay before going to San Diego State).

UCLA followed suit a couple weeks later.

"Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich came by the school and got a chance to see me," said Smith. "UCLA ended up offering me and that was awesome. I've always watched them and the Pac-12."

Smith was thrilled to have the offers not even halfway through his high school years.

"It's like a dream come true and I'm just going to have fun and go with it," said Smith.

USC has invited Smith to their Rising Stars Camp and Oregon may also have Smith in camp. Colorado, Washington, Cal and Nebraska have all been by and showed interest too.

"I watched the Pac-12 growing up but it's always been a dream to play in the SEC or Big Ten, like at a school like Nebraska, where football is the life. But the Pac-12 schools are all great schools and I'm really interested in them."

Smith said most schools like him as a true middle linebacker, but he's open to moving to outside at the next level if he needs to.

"Most schools like me as a pure middle and I think it's because the strong part of my game is run stopping," said Smith. "But I also want to show I can drop back and cover. I'll play wherever though. Whichever is the best fit for me in a defense, I feel like I can do anything I'm asked to do in a defense."

Smith has been on the all-underclass team at both the Los Angeles NFTC and the Oakland NFTC this spring.

"The camps have been good just to work on the drills and work on parts of my game that I need to get better in," said Smith. "I've used this offseason to just try to get better."

Smith said he wants to drop some weight by the fall.

"I'm 247 right now but I want to try to get down to 235 during the season and just get faster and focus on that and losing the weight," said Smith.

Academically, Smith has a 3.3 and will take the SAT for the first time in the fall of his junior year.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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