Mr. Smith tripping to Pullman

DEFENSIVE BACK James Smith picked up a Cougar offer recently, his seventh of the recruiting season. The 6-foot-2, 190 pound defenseman out of Colton, Calif., trips to Washington State after the holidays, says the Cougs are high atop his list but there are also other suitors knocking on the door. Also available to CF.C subscribers, three video clips of the tall defensive back in action.

Besides WSU, who offered last week, Smith holds scholly offers from Nebraska, Boise State, Colorado State, UNLV, Hawaii and Nevada. Arizona State is also lurking. The Cougars and Broncos are the two most catching his eye right now.

"Washington State stands out, Boise State stands out," said Smith, who added he remains open to everyone.

WSU, Boise State and Nevada are the three who were by most recently on in-home visits, with Nebraska and others coming by earlier. Defensive coordinator Robb Akey is recruiting Smith for the Cougs.

"He's a good guy," said Smith. "I like him. He's straightforward."

Smith's tripped to Boise State (Dec. 9) and Nevada (Nov. 5), with Washington State down on the schedule for Jan. 13. He might take trips to Hawaii and Colorado State next month but dates and details haven't been locked down yet. Smith said he wasn't sure on if he'd commit sooner or later, saying he'll make the verbal pledge when "it feels right."

SMITH MANNED THE CORNER for Colton High his senior campaign but where he lines up next season depends on where he goes. Smith said some schools, including Washington State, see him at safety while others are recruiting him as a cornerback, and a few have talked to him about contributing on both sides of the ball and/or playing a little receiver.

The leading receiver on offense for Colton, Smith had 1,083 receiving yards on 45 receptions and was third on the team in both scoring and in all-purpose yards with an average of 112 yards a game.

On defense, Smith totaled 47 takedowns for a team that featured both Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright, and had three players with over 100 tackles. He also added two interceptions, a fumble recovery and an 11.4 yard average on punt returns.

He is in good shape academically, having achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

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