Oregon prep QB shares secret

It can't always be easy for Brett Smith, even though on the outside everything looks perfect. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback from West Salem High School in Salem, Ore. is one of the top signal callers on the west coast for the class of 2011, so you'd expect Oregon and Oregon State to be right in his crosshairs.

They are, but Smith recently admitted to Scout.com that another school occupies a big part of his heart.

"I've kind of grown up a Washington fan, all the way back to when Marques Tuiasosopo was there," Smith told Scout.com recently. "I've always enjoyed watching them throughout the years. They struggled for a little bit, but with the hire of coach (Steve) Sarkisian and his new staff, I think it's just a matter of time before they are back playing for BCS bowls and winning Pac-10 championships. That's something I really believe firmly. Their time is coming soon. It won't be long before they are back on top of the Pac-10 and on the national stage again."

"I've followed Oregon a lot too, so it's not like it's really one over the other. But it's just something I grew up doing. I watched all their games and knew a lot about them back then."

Given the nature of Washington's heated rivalry with Oregon and Oregon State, but especially with the Ducks, how was it for Smith to proclaim his infatuation with the Huskies? "I don't really go around broadcasting that I was a big-time Washington fan; I've kind of kept it to myself," Smith said. "In Oregon, you're either an Oregon State fan or an Oregon fan.

"But I DVR'd every (UW) game last year to kind of study their offense and see what they do. And with Jake Locker and everything…like I said, I think with coach Sarkisian being the coach and what they are doing, with Jake Locker coming back it really shows a lot about the direction the program is headed. And that's exciting to watch. It's something I'm really, really interested in."

All that said, Smith had not really never seen the school or Husky Stadium live until he came to Seattle to see the recent Apple Cup basketball game, one won by the Huskies 92-64. But Smith does have family in the Seattle area, and his older brother went to Seattle Pacific for a semester.

"It was really, really cool," Smith said of his unofficial visit to UW. "Coach Sarkisian talked to us for a little bit and they took us around campus and some of the athletic facilities. We walked the tunnel, and then we got to go to the basketball game. So it was a real fun day.

"Just going up there to meet the new staff was awesome."

A highlight of his trip was walking up the tunnel at Husky Stadium. "I talked to coach (Doug) Nussmeier and coach Sark for a little while. We got to the end of the tunnel and (Sark) said that we could be doing this in a couple of years, and that was pretty cool. Also, they showed us their highlight video from last year, and coach Sarkisian talked about what he thinks of the program and the coaching staff. It really kind of fires you up watching the video. It kind of got me into football mode. It was a lot of fun to see that."

Smith also met a number of other 2011 prospects that were invited to the game, including a few he had already met earlier; Kasen Williams and Colt Lyerla. He also got a chance to meet Liberty QB Trey Wheeler for the first time that Saturday.

"I met him at the unofficial visit at Oregon," Smith said of his friendship with Williams, ranked the No. 1 receiver prospect in the country by Scout.com. "He was up there and we hung out and started talking about recruiting. And then again I saw him in San Antonio (U.S. Army All-American combine) and we just continued to talk there. We've built a bit of a friendship, you could say, over the time."

So how would Smith rate his visit? "It was up there around a 10," he said. "It was a lot of fun being up there, learning about the program and about the coaches. It was awesome. I play with passion, and one thing I love is that those coaches love football. It was really, really high-energy and a lot of fun."

When asked to describe his game for those that haven't seen him play before, one thing becomes quite clear; Smith loves to compete, and he loves to win. "The best part of my game is my enthusiasm, my ability to get everyone around me excited so we can rally to win," he said. "I will do absolutely anything to win. It's not so much about stats with me; I'll throw or run, I'll catch, I'll do whatever it takes to win. I hate losing. I play with a lot of passion. When I make a big play or we get a touchdown, I'm excited. I'm yelling, I'm running, I'm jumping up and down, I'm partying with my teammates."

He was 86-148 for 1510 yards, 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions last year for the Titans, who finished the season 10-2. He also ran for 756 yards on 92 carries, including 11 scores. Smith used to play basketball, but not anymore. Now it's football 24/7 for Smith, but he might hold out for track in the spring. "I love track," he said. "It's something my Grandpa did and it's something I do because I love it and it's something he did."

Smith is also mixing in the recruiting process to his off-season workouts. He's already taken an unofficial visit to Oregon during the Christmas break. He said that he gets daily mail from Oregon, Nebraska and Colorado, and has been in contact with UCLA, California, Michigan and Washington.

He's still searching for that elusive first offer. "Hopefully I'll get one soon," Smith said. "With me, I want to commit before my senior year if I can. I don't want any distractions during the season."

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