Official Visit To Miami On Tap For Smith

Even though he's only a freshman, because he is a full-qualifier, American River OL Austin Smith (6-3, 280) has seen his recruitment start to take off. The talented prospect will take an official visit to Miami in a couple of weeks and he's also got several other schools interested in what he can do...

"I'm taking an official visit to Miami on April 24th through the 26th," Smith told recently. "They haven't offered me and they are looking to bring me in as a preferred walk-on right now, so they wanted me to come down and check things out and see the campus and the meet with the staff and then we'll sorta figure things out."

Besides the Hurricanes, Smith has an offer from Savannah State and he's been talking with schools like Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida Atlantic and South Florida.

"A few are looking at bringing me in this summer so I can play this fall, but some also have said they are recruiting me to come in after the season, in December, so I'm still sorta just seeing where things go and just taking my time," Smith noted.

As a freshman last fall, Smith started at right guard for the Beavers and he said the mentality of playing inside fits his skill-set perfectly.

"My run-blocking is what I do best. I love to get after guys and put them on their backs," Smith said. "I have a good base and a low center-of-gravity and that allows me to get under guys' pads."

Smith enjoyed a solid prep career at Granite Bay (Ca.) High School and had an offer from Savannah State, but wanted to give himself a chance to play at a higher level.

"I just felt like I could play at a higher-level of competition," Smith said. "I liked the staff here at American River and the school is still relatively close to home so it was a good fit. Plus, I really liked the offensive line coach here and he always gets guys ready for the next level and that's what I felt I needed."

As noted earlier, Smith is a full-qualifier so he can leave at any time. Should he choose to enroll at Miami (or any other school) this summer, he would have four years to play three, but should he return to ARC and play this fall, he would be a mid-year transfer and he would have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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