Smith narrowing it down

Offensive tackle Nathan Smith received news Wednesday that has him re-evaluating recruiting as the May Evaluation Period approaches.

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 as well.

“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 me.”

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 me.”

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.”

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