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Nathan Smith ready to enroll at USC after visit

Murrieta (Calif.) offensive tackle Nathan Smith is once again a solid commitment to the Trojans.

The only thing that swayed Murrieta (Calif.) Mesa four-star offensive tackle Nathan Smith from his commitment to USC was the firing of Steve Sarkisian.

With the announcement that USC would promote Clay Helton as head coach, Smith’s commitment was once again solidified. His visit this weekend was just to reinforce his prior feelings about USC.

“I knew what USC was, so this was just about clearing those things up,” said Smith. “I wanted to be around all of the people at USC and look at the academics again, which is a huge part of it.

“The internships and connections available are pretty sweet.”

Smith’s highlight over the weekend was typical of a 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive lineman.

“They had pretty good food everywhere we went,” said Smith. “It was all good, but everywhere we went they had really good the macaroni and cheese was great.”

Smith’s commitment and pending enrollment in Jan. 11 comes with USC not having an offensive line coach in place. Sunday, Helton spoke to Smith about potentials hires.

“He said it was going to be someone with a lot of experience,” said Smith. “He said maybe it will be someone he has coached with in the past — I don’t know.

“I figure if you get an offensive line coaching job at USC you have to be pretty good.”

USC redshirt offensive guard Chris Brown hosted Smith on his official visit.

“He was a pretty funny guy, so I enjoyed hanging out with him,” said Smith. “We talked about the weight training program they have and he seemed to be pretty happy with USC.”

Accompanying Smith at USC this weekend were several other recruits, including three uncommitted prospects in Gardena (Calif.) five-star defensive end Oluwole Betiku, San Marcos (Calif.) four-star safety Troy Warner and Lawrenceville (Ga.) four-star offensive tackle E.J. Price.

“I could tell E.J. was pretty excited about being in California,” said Smith. “Wole I didn’t talk to that much, but the other guy, [Troy Warner], also seemed to love it.

“I told them there was no place like SoCal, but they’re going to make their own decision at the end of the day.” Top Stories