Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Mesa offensive tackle Nathan Smith (6-7, 275) had just a couple of Big Sky offers to get started before things really ramped up for him in December.
Now, the four-star is holding 15 offers, with a number of them from Top 25 programs.
“I thought it would pick up a little once the season ended but not this much,” said Smith. “A bunch of schools were like ‘we have to finish our 2015 class’ so I thought I would have to wait, but then some turned in to immediate offers and now its been great.”
All told, Smith boasts offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Illinois, Missouri, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Montana State and Northern Arizona.
“USC is really the only other school I’ve been talking with that hasn’t offer but that I think could be close,” said Smith.
Smith’s first FBS offer came from Missouri and Baylor wasn’t long after.
“Missouri offered me around Christmas and that was pretty awesome because they’re pretty cool and they were No. 16 in the country,” said Smith. “Baylor offering was pretty sweet too.”
More offers filed in then UCLA offered the day after Signing Day.
“UCLA was the first California school to show any interest so that was awesome,” said Smith. “Coach (Adrian) Klemm offered me and that was an offer I was excited for.”
Oregon offered last week, another national power to offer Smith.
“I know the Oregon offer is big because they don’t make a lot of offers early,” said Smith. “I went and checked out Oregon and Oregon State and they were both really nice. I met with Coach (Steve) Greatwood there. At Oregon State, I got to talk a lot with Coach (Gary) Andersen.”
Smith said he plans to visit UCLA in the near future and will hit the road in the spring.
“I’m going to UCLA in the next couple of weeks and I’m going to check them out,” said Smith. “Then I might try to visit a couple of others that are in a close vicinity.”
Smith said he just started really watching college football and didn’t grow up with a favorite team.
“I just started really following college football this year,” said Smith. “So I never really grew up with a favorite.”
Smith said all schools want him as a left tackle, and while he’s playing at 275, he wants to add the weight in college.
“I want to play at 275 in high school and then when I get to college, I assume I’ll get to 295 or over 300,” said Smith.
Smith said he’s in no rush to make a decision.
“I’m going to wait a while and not name any top ten’s or any favorites,” said Smith. “I am keeping all of my options open right now. I want to get to a couple of camps. I’m going to try to get to The Opening Regional Camp for sure.”
Academically, Smith has a 3.3 and scored a 1640 on the SAT.