Murrieta (Calif.) Mesa four-star offensive tackle Nathan Smith is feeling the double-edged sword of recruiting.
Holding scholarship offers from most of the Pac-12 and schools like
Notre Dame, Nebraska, Miami and others, Smith takes each opportunity as
a blessing. But recruiting also brings with it phone calls, e-mails,
tweets and psychological attrition.
With a growing list of options, USC became scholarship offer No. 24
Wednesday. It was a scholarship offer Smith saw coming.
“They made it clear it was coming and that they wanted to get me in
contact with the head coach,” said Smith. “When I spoke with Coach
(Sarkisian) he talked about the type of player I am on film.
“He said he really liked my game and they definitely see me as an
offensive tackle with my height and length.”
Smith, who just returned from a Midwest swing where he unofficially
visited Nebraska, Missouri and Notre Dame, has serious interest in USC
“It’s crazy because USC is such a huge school,” said Smith. “I mean,
it’s legendary with its tradition, plus it’s in Southern California, so
that’s pretty sweet.
“You know, I’m thinking about making a top 10 in the next two or three
weeks, and I’m happy they offered because they’re most likely in it for
Smith has already unofficially visited USC for spring football, but he
will return Friday for another meeting with the Trojans coaching staff.
“When I was down there before for practice I had to leave early, so I
didn’t get a chance to meet with the coaches,” said Smith. “Friday they
don’t have practice, so they’ll have more time to talk one-on-one with
Along with USC, there are other schools that have a good chance of
making Smith’s early top 10 list. It is, however, a list which Smith
admits can change weekly if not daily.
“There are a few schools I like,” said Smith. “Nebraska, Missouri and a
couple other ones that will probably be in there. USC has a good chance
of being in there.”
While Smith is formulating a top 10 list going into the summer, there
is also the possibility he shuts down his recruitment earlier than
expected. Smith previously wanted to have 10 choices, which he would
then narrow down to five before the start of his senior season.
“That’s what I was thinking when recruiting was fun,” said Smith. “Now
it’s becoming tedious with lots of calls. I don’t know. It seems to be
all I’m doing now. I need to cut down my list a bit.”
Smith narrowing it down
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