Is It An L.A. Battle For Smith?

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Tyron Smith (6-5, 265) has attended Junior Days at both UCLA and USC and the elite prospect picked up an offer from one while saying the other has been recruiting him the hardest...

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Tyron Smith (6-5, 265) received a big offer over the weekend and his list seems to be growing weekly.

USC, which already has commitments from two elite California linemen, offered Smith at their Junior Day on Saturday and earlier this week, Oregon offered him.

Smith also has offers from Colorado, Mississippi and Arizona and he's waiting on an offer from UCLA.

"I'd say that UCLA is recruiting me the hardest," said Smith. "I was at their Junior Day too. They're just checking my transcripts and they said they'll offer."

Smith said that he didn't have a real leader, that he's trying to remain wide open.

"I want to look around first and take some time," said Smith. "But I like USC and UCLA a lot right now. I'm going to probably go to their camps this summer."

Smith attended a handful of UCLA home games this fall and also saw USC in action when they played at the Rose Bowl. It was at USC, though, that he first started receiving notice.

At the Los Angeles Nike Camp last spring, at USC, Smith was named MVP of the Camp, a high honor for the then-sophomore.

"Yeah, that was fun," said Smith. "I'm going back there again in April."

An all-CIF pick and all-state underclass selection in 2006 as an offensive lineman, Smith said he's got a preference of where he wants to play on the line.

"I want to play tackle," said Smith.

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