Trip Report: Scott Smith

In early December the Huskies picked up a big commitment from one of the best players in Hawaii when DE Kalani Aldrich verbally pledged to them. This weekend they played host to another of the top defensive lineman from the islands as St. Louis DE Scott Smith made his way to Montlake. He talked with shortly after his return home and he couldn't be happier he made the trip.

"To be honest, I wasn't even going to take a trip to Washington," Smith said. "But our Lieutenant Governor's son went there and he's one of our coaches and he told me ‘You just gotta go there and see it to appreciate it' so I did and I'm really glad I did.

"They made a huge impression on me and I almost committed while I was there. They really impressed me, but I wanted to get home and talk to my parents before I decided anything."

Smith said that Washington, California and Arizona lead for his services and he may take a visit to Oregon next weekend.

"That visit is still up in the air right now," Smith said. "I'm not sure. If I take it and like them enough, then they'll be in my final four. Otherwise, it will just be those three."

Smith said the highlight of his visit was taking the walk out of the tunnel onto the field at Husky Stadium.

"I had never been to a stadium that big before," Smith said. "That was really impressive. The view is great and the stands are really tall. They said it gets pretty loud in there and it sure seemed like it can."

Smith had a hectic schedule this weekend. On Thursday night he played in a basketball game and then hopped a "red-eye" to make his way to Seattle.

"I was pretty tired, but when I got there they took me to meet the coaches and I spoke with them for a while," Smith said. "Then they wanted to take us up to the Space Needle, but I was so tired that I bagged out on that and went back to my room to sleep.

"Then I hung out with my host Wilson Afoa. He and I knew each other when he played for my high school, so we hung out and got to know some of the other players. They were all great and I really enjoyed hanging out with them."

Smith said he has an in-home scheduled with the Husky coaches on January 15th and said he is looking forward to his family meeting and talking to coach Tyrone Willingham.

"He and I sat down and talked about the values he wants in his players and what he expects from them," Smith said. "He's definitely a coach I could see myself playing for."

We'll follow up with Smith next week to see where he's at in the recruiting process.

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