Smith Now Has UCLA Offer

Perhaps the #1 offensive tackle prospect in the state is Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Tyron Smith. The 6-5, 265-pounder received a UCLA scholarship offer recently, and he talks about the schools that are holding an edge with him early on in his recruitment...

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Tyron Smith (6-5, 265) is now standing at six scholarship offers, with UCLA being the most recent school to offer the athletic lineman.

"My offers are from UCLA, USC, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado and Ole Miss," said Smith. "UCLA just recently offered me."

Smith said that those six schools are the ones he's currently focusing on and, though he declined to name a leader, he said that the SoCal schools are holding the edge.

"I'm not in a hurry to decide," said Smith. "I want to take some time still. UCLA has been recruiting me the hardest and I like them a lot. USC is recruiting me a lot, too, and that's a good school."

Smith, who attended a few UCLA games last fall, said he planned to camp at both USC and UCLA this spring, and work out for the coaches at each school. He's also planning to take unofficial visits to each school and speak with the coaches, though when that will happen is still to be determined.

When he attended UCLA's Junior Day, the Bruin staff was without an offensive line coach but he's since spoken with new coach Bob Connelly. "He sounded real cool and I'm planning to talk with him more."

Smith also was at USC's Junior Day, for a brief period. "I got there for the basketball game and spent a little time with Pete Carroll, but that was about it for how long I was there."

An all-CIF pick and all-state underclass selection in 2006 as an offensive lineman, Smith said he's planning to return to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles next month, where he earned MVP honors a year ago, and possibly the Combine in late April.

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