Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Mesa offensive tackle Nathan Smith (6-6, 260) lives in Southern California but never ventured up to Los Angeles much in the past.
On Saturday, though, the four-star left the Inland Empire for the day to take an unofficial visit to UCLA.
“It was really my first time being in that area. It was a long drive, but it’s a nice area out there. I loved it at UCLA. It was awesome. Coach (Adrian) Klemm is awesome and UCLA was great.”
Smith and his father spent the day with Klemm and met with head coach Jim Mora.
“Coach Mora is an awesome coach,” said Smith. “He was talking about field training and a bunch of things about the program. He’s a cool genuine guy.”
But it was Klemm who Smith really clicked with.
“Coach Klemm was who offered me and we talk on Twitter and email all the time but it was my first time meeting him in person,” said Smith. “He’s awesome. I met pretty much every coach that was there, but the main one I spent time with was Coach Klemm. He’s just a great coach.”
Smith said he loved what he saw on the UCLA campus too.
“The campus is beautiful and the facilities are really nice,” said Smith. “It’s a great school.”
Now Smith will hit the road at the end of the month and also take some unofficial visits in the early part of September.
“On March 27th, I’ll be going to the Midwest and checking out schools in that area,” said Smith. “Then in early April, we’re going to Miami and visiting some schools in the South.”
With over 20 offers, Smith said he’ll use the next few weeks of unofficial visits as a barometer for which schools will make his first cut.
“After I take all of these visits, I will probably start to trim my list,” said Smith. “I don’t know how many I’ll cut it too, however many feels right.”
“I’ve been talking to Michigan and USC and Clemson and they could be offering, but I wouldn’t really know for sure,” said Smith.
Smith said that after he narrows his list, he may squeeze in a few more unofficial visits. No timetable is set for when he wants to make a decision.
Academically, Smith has a 3.3 and scored a 1640 on the SAT.