Huskies top Smith's list

Brandon Smith, a 6-2 185-pound receiver from West High School in Bakersfield took his official visit to Seattle over the weekend. Did he like it enough to commit to the Huskies? He spoke with Kim Grinolds of Dawgman.com and Sports Washington this evening about just that topic.

Turns out that Smith did made a verbal commitment to Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham, but Washington will need to do some work to keep it. Smith will make three additional visits to make sure that his decision is what is best for him.

Washington made a scholarship offer before Smith came to town. The young man has a 38-inch vertical leap, 4.46 40 speed, and had 41 catches for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season for West. He also had two kickoff returns and one punt return for touchdowns, earning first-team all-league, all-area and all-CIF Central Section honors. It's not hard to see him having a big impact on a Husky squad in need of a big play receiver.

Smith was hosted by Mesphin Forrester. "That's a hard name, but he was cool," joked Smith.

"Coach Willingham is a great guy. He has a good heart, he has a lot of expectations, and high hopes. He really believes in this team and I think he can definitely change this around. I'm looking forward to seeing that happen," said Smith of the Husky head man.

Willingham told Smith that he believes that he would be a great fit in Seattle. "He said I would fit in, and he believes in me. He expects a lot of me. When I get there he thought I could really help this team," said Smith.

"I met a lot of the current players. They really welcomed me and showed me around. This was my first time in Seattle. It was a beautiful place. I loved the water, the boats, the scenery, and there was a lot to do. I would never get bored there."

His scholarship offer was renewed on his trip by Willingham. "Coach Willingham offered, and I told him that I'd love to accept it."

A verbal commitment – music to a coach's ears. But the recruiting process is not over in this case.

"I talked to my mom and she thought that it would be best for me to take all of my trips and see what's up. But I really like Washington a lot," said Smith of his current situation.

He will take three more visits before deciding whether or not he would firm up his verbal.

"I'll visit Arizona State (Jan 14), Cal (Jan 21), and Arizona (Jan 28). I have no idea what would change my mind, though. I really think coach Willingham has the potential to get Washington on top. I really do. But I'm just going to take these trips and sort things out. I don't know what it would take to change my mind though. I really like Washington."
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