The May Evaluation Period got off to a good start for USC Wednesday when Murrieta (Calif.) Mesa four-star offensive tackle Nathan Smith gave the Trojan coaching staff a call to commit.
The Western Region’s No. 3 offensive tackle prospect called Peter Sirmon with
the good news Wednesday morning just before USC’s recruiting
coordinator got to Mesa’s campus.
“SC was just the right fit and everything I was looking for,” said
Smith. “I called Coach Sirmon and Coach Sarkisian this morning. They
were real excited.”
After unofficially visiting schools like Nebraska, Notre Dame, Missouri
and others, Smith took two unofficial visits to USC in April. It was after
his first visit to campus from a spring football practice that the Trojans offered him a scholarship.
“On my first visit this spring, I had to leave USC early, so I didn’t
get to talk with the coaches very much.
“When I went down there the secondary time, I got to see the facilities
and the campus. I also watched film with Coach (Bob) Connelly, which
was good. I also got to meet some of the players too.
“They want to get some more athletic tackles and run an uptempo offense
that fits me.”
Murrieta Mesa High School runs an Air Raid offense, which puts Smith in
pass protection a majority of time. With USC being balanced in its play
calling, the 6-foot-7, 270-pound four-star looks forward to run
“I like run blocking more, so I definitely look forward to that,”
laughed Smith. “But USC had a great balance of athletics and academics.
“They have a lot of good people around the program. They have a great
football team and great academics. the connections the school has in
Southern California are big too. This is where I’d like to live when
I’m older, so you're not going to get that with a lot of other schools.
“The coaches are great, and just overall, it was the right fit.”
Smith had originally planned on narrowing his college choice to 10,
then deciding out of that pool of option which schools he would
However, after he was offered a scholarship by USC, the recruiting
process began to wear on Smith. With his commitment Wednesday, Smith
does not foresee himself entertaining additional interest from other
“I’m pretty much done,” said Smith. “Unless something radically
changes, I’m not taking visits.
“I might try to enroll (at USC) early, but that’s something I have to
talk with my counselor about.”
Smith becomes USC’s fourth commitment of the 2016 class. He selects USC
over 30 other scholarship offers, including offers from Oregon, UCLA,
Notre Dame, Miami, Tennessee, Missouri and others.
Nathan Smith finds the right fit
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