One of the many schools that have been sending mail to Bernard Smith came through with a very early offer. Ed Orgeron and the Ole Miss Rebels became the first program to offer the talented 2008 prospect.
"I just recently received letters from Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee," said Smith. "I've got an offer from Ole Miss. We were having a program at our school for the seniors that were signing and they called like a hour before the signing day action started. They left a message for my head coach saying that they were offering me a full scholarship."
"I'm very interested in them because they have a new head coach," said Smith. "He's got a nice background history on him. His scouting is what impressed me. Most coaches recruit extra hard in their home state, but most of his recruits he goes out-of-state to find them."
"He doesn't discriminate what town you're from or anything and he's goes out-of-state and recruits. Sometimes the best talent might not be in your backyard and you might have to go to your neighbor's yard."
With one offer already under his belt, Smith is getting interest from many of the nation's top football programs. Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Grambling and Georgia Southern have stopped by the school to inquire about his talents.
There's one school that stands out above the rest for Smith.
"To be honest with you, the number one school on my list is the University of Miami," Smith said. "I found out that I had a cousin that played for them. Roscoe Parrish, who plays for Buffalo now, he's my cousin from my Father's side."
"I have been a big Miami fan every since Willis McGahee played for them. I always said I wanted to go somewhere in Florida, so I would have to say Miami is my favorite."
Smith led his team in tackles and was named to the 2006 CSS All-Chevy Team as a junior. At 6-foot-2, 210-pound, he is an undersized defensive end prospect that projects to play outside linebacker at a very high level in college. Smith is a very good athlete with foot quickness and playing speed.
What is Bernard smith looking for in a school?
"The one thing that stands out to me about a college that I like is tradition," said Smith. "I love tradition. A school that is going to provide you with high academics is also important to me. When I go to a college, I want them to know that my school work comes first. I want to go to a school that can help me become a better student as well as a better football player. That's what I'm looking for in a school."
Mays DE/LB Bernard Smith in Action: