Smith talks USC offer

Granite Bay (Calif.) 2015 linebacker Cameron Smith attended USC's Junior Day Saturday and left with a big offer from the Trojans.

Cameron Smith is among the nation's top inside ‘backers in the 2015 class. He's an absolute load in the middle with toughness, range and a motor. He's a tackling machine and the prototype for what you're looking for in a defensive leader.

Smith was holding early offers from Arizona State, Colorado, San Diego State, UCLA, Washington State and Wisconsin but landed one very close to his heart on Saturday.

"USC is the school I've always rooted for," Smith said. "I was hoping to get an offer from USC today but wasn't sure it would happen. When Sark pulled me aside at the end of the day and told me he was offering me, I was overwhelmed. I'm not going to lie, I almost committed on the spot.

"I've always followed USC, they're definitely my childhood favorite. Dallas Sartz came from my high school so I grew up watching him play at USC and now he's one of my coaches at Granite Bay. I decided to hold off though because I didn't want to make an emotional decision and I want to still take my visits but this offer is definitely huge for me."

Smith said the whole Junior Day experience was a great one for him.

"I camped with USC last summer so I had seen the campus but they have re-done a lot of things," Smith said. "Heritage Hall is all new and looks incredible. The McKay Center was real nice and I loved the football facilities. We went across the street and saw the housing and where we would stay and that's when I started to really get a feel for what it would be like to be a student at USC.

"I walked around with Peter Sirmon, the LB coach, and he's a great guy. We had meetings with our position coaches and it was just me, Sirmon and John Houston. I really like him and I like his coaching style. Just listening to him talk football was getting me excited. We went in to the locker room and tried on the jerseys and that was a lot of fun too. Like I said, the whole experience was pretty incredible and USC is definitely very high on my list right now."

Smith said he doesn't have any other visit plans for the time being but will likely take a few more unofficial visits.

"My biggest goal right now is to make The Opening," Smith said. "That's what I'm working for and I'm also going to be playing for some 7 on 7 football this spring with Body By Tra. I still want to take some official visits and go through the process so I need to figure all that out as well.

"I was going to visit Alabama but they had their Junior Day today and I already decided to come to USC. I might visit UCLA again, I have a great relationship with Coach Mora and Ulbrich, the LB coach. I'm still open to other schools and I have a ton of mail I still need to open up right now. I'm going to enjoy the process, you only do this once and I'm excited to see how it plays out."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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