Smith still sticking to 'original timeline'

Since the start of the May evaluation period, there might not be a prospect that has seen his stock climb like Kentridge (Kent. Wa.) TE Caleb Smith. Recently, Smith received and offer from the Washington Huskies and appeared to be close to making a decision, but after thinking things over he's decided to be patient and wants to stick to his "original timeline"...

Smith played quarterback for the Chargers up until about midway through the 2010 football season and by showing schools his athleticism and speed, to go along with his 6'6", 245-pound frame, he's seen his stock skyrocket so much that offers started to come in faster than he could keep up.

"I knew I had the ability and it was just a matter of time for people to see it and gave me the recognition," Smith acknowledged. "I was expecting it, but I just didn't know it would be this much."

In a 10-day span, Smith hauled in eight offers getting full rides from Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon State, Purdue, UNLV, Washington State and Washington.

While receiving and offer from the latter made him think about altering the decision-making process he's decided to stick with his original plans.

"I'm going to stick to my original timeline which was after the season because I want to take all of my official visits," Smith said.

This past weekend, Smith took in Oregon State's camp as well as the NIKE camp at Oregon.

"I went down a couple of hours before the (Oregon State) camp started and met up with the coaching staff and we talked about my role if I went there." Smith recalled. "They just explained how the academics work and I met with an academic counselor. I took a tour of the campus and talked with the coach and then I went to the camp."

While in Eugene, Smith said he felt like he had a very good day, both catching the ball as well as in the individual drills.

"I had a really good day down there," Smith said. "I had a good day catching the ball and all the footwork drills and I feel like I showed good leadership there."

Smith is in the middle of a hectic schedule that will see him taking in several camps over the next few weeks with stops at the Jason Gesser camp on Friday, Washington's Nike Camp and then camps at UW, Idaho and WSU.

While he always possessed the size and talent to be a top prospect, Smith admitted that it wasn't until recently that he began to take things seriously enough to reach his potential.

"I think a lot of it was just growing up a little bit," Smith admitted. "The age thing (growing up), surrounding myself with different people, not doing stupid stuff and focusing on my future instead.

"I've pretty much decided (football) is my future and I'm just working to stay on track for that. It's a grind, but you can't not like it.

"The more attention you get, the more your work pays off so I'm not going to stop working until I'm the number one tight end in the country."

We will continue to keep in touch with Smith over the coming weeks and months and will update news as it happens.

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