The Opening: Smith Update

The five-star safety from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Juju Smith, talked his collegiate position, visits and more...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Juju Smith is the nation's top safety, but at The Opening, the five-star worked at receiver and he enjoyed every second of it.

"I'm still feeling both, I feel like receiver has the edge more now," said Smith. "I've been going to camps playing safety, but at The Opening, just playing receiver and showing what I had, I'm starting to think receiver might take me far."

Regardless of where he played, Smith embraced the experience in Beaverton.

"The experience is great, just coming out here and competing with the best," said Smith. "I'm just working hard and trying to get better. I didn't come here to sit around. I had to come out and do what I had to do and prove to everyone what kind of player I am."

The five-star has offers that span the country, but said players at one particular school are recruiting him hard.

"A couple of guys are trying to get me to Michigan," said Smith. "They're really working on me. Wilton Speight always hits me up."

The Wolverines are just one of the handful of schools that Smith is considering.

"Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, USC, UCLA, Notre Dame and some other schools I'm probably forgetting are all on me," said Smith.

Smith has four visits set, three of them to the Midwest and one down South, but the two local schools aren't likely to get Smith for an official, instead, getting him several times for unofficials.

"I'll just take unofficial visits to USC and to UCLA, like how I've been doing," said Smith. "I'll be getting to their games at the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl on Saturday's when I'm not on official visits. I can visit either of them any time."

His first official visit will be to Ohio State on September 28th when the Buckeyes host Wisconsin then he'll visit Notre Dame on October 18th when the Irish welcome USC. Three weeks later, he'll visit Alabama when the Tide host LSU then he'll end the month at Michigan for their game against Ohio State.

"I'll decide on the last visit when the season starts," said Smith. "We're hoping to have another busy season. Last year, we played 16 games, but I love the game of football, so I'll play another 16 if I have to. This time, we want to win it."

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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