Nathan Smith finds the right fit

While many recruits jump on early scholarship offers without having seen all of their college options, Murrieta (Calif.) four-star offensive tackle Nathan Smith took more than a dozen unofficial visits before committing to USC Wednesday.

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 blocking.

“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 officially visit.

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 schools.

“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. 

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