Smith Has Offers But In No Hurry

Even with some scholarship offers from Pac-10 and Big 12 schools, cornerback prospect Derron Smith from Banning, Calif., says he's not in a hurry to make a commitment. He talked to us about what will go into his decision...


Derron Smith, the 5-foot-10, 173-pound three-star cornerback from Banning High School in Banning, Calif., played quarterback during his junior season and passed for 1,214 yards for nine touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,094 yards on 140 carries for eight more scores. He also had 87 tackles, nine tackles for loss and three interceptions (one for a touchdown).

Although he still denies a leader, Smith said he favors Nebraska, San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico State, Washington, Arizona State and UCLA. His only offers are from New Mexico State, UNLV, San Diego State and Nebraska.

"I plan on taking some time and going on my official visits," Smith said. "But if something really stands out during a trip I'll probably commit.

"I want a nice campus and a place I feel at home," he said. "I want to be comfortable for four years and make sure I fit in.

"I'll also be checking out the grad rate because I'd like to make sure I get my degree," he said.

In June, Smith attended camps at USC, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington.

"I think Washington is really close to offering," he said. "But they said they'd still like to see me some more during the season."

The Sun Devils have also stated they will likely wait until the season before they offer. "They said they want to evaluate me again after a few games this year," he said.

"I like Arizona State because it's a really nice campus," he said. "They have great facilities. It was kind of shocking how cool the facilities were. Everything was so nice and it's all right there in the stadium. Plus, they have a new indoor practice facility, so I guess that's how they beat the heat."

Smith says he was also very impressed with UCLA as well. "UCLA is one of the best campuses I've seen," he said. "I love the location too because I don't want to go too far."

So have the Bruins given Smith any indication of how interested they are? "They pretty much said the same thing," he said. "They said they'll be following me closely during my senior year."

The first school to offer Smith was San Diego State and the Aztecs are still recruiting him the hardest. "The coaches there are very cool," he said. "I've been down there twice and really like it. The campus is actually much better than I thought it would be.

"Plus, I really liked how hard they practice and how up-tempo their practices are," Smith said. "I think they are coming up and I expect some big things from them."

One school that Smith says he definitely wants to visit officially is Nebraska. "The fan base is crazy over there," he said. "I love how they have a huge stadium. All the coaches have great history and have had a lot of success. I know they'll have a great defense."

Smith also plays basketball (point guard; averages 17 points, six rebounds and three steals per game). He only plans on playing football in college.

"I have great footwork and can move quick," he said. "I don't have blazing straight ahead speed, but I move well. I'm also smart and know what the offense is gonna do. I'm a ball hawk and a sure tackler."

He says he can bench 235-pounds, squat 420 and claims a 38-inch vertical jump.

"I want to work on breaking on the ball," Smith said. "I want to improve my back peddle and sideline-to-sideline movement. I also want to get faster."

Smith plans on majoring in either kinesiology or business. He reports a 3.1 core GPA and says he's fully qualified but doesn't remember his SAT score.


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