El Camino's WR sets up visit with Memphis

As a freshman last fall, El Camino WR Keenan Smith (6-4, 202) had to cede receptions to the top JUCO wide receiver in the country. As a result, he didn't put up big numbers, but that hasn't stopped two FBS schools from continuing to show him interest and one will get an official visit from the talented wideout in July with the hopes of possibly getting him as a late addition to their 2010 class...

Smith was a prep at Carson (Ca.) High School and enjoyed a solid career there, teaming up with Dominique Blackman there to lead the Colts to a deep run in the playoffs as a senior in 2007.

"I didn't even start playing football until I was a junior," Smith recalled. "I had a breakout season as a senior when I had 43 catches for 659 yards and six touchdowns.

"I wasn't a qualifier because I had failed a class and didn't retake it over summer school. I would have, but I didn't even know I could have done that, so I headed here to Elco to get things right and to got a scholarship to a D-1 school."

As a freshman in 2008, Smith was still feeling his way through things, hauling in 10 receptions for 110 yards in spot duty. However, last fall he put up solid numbers behind top-JUCO wideout Kenbrell Thompkins, finishing with 26 receptions for 380 yards and three scores.

"Kenbrell got most of the looks, but that just meant I had to take advantage of things whenever I got the chance," Smith said. "I have good speed (4.47) and my height helps me against smaller corners."

While Nicholls State was the first school to offer Smith and he continues to get looks from schools like Prairie View A&M and Grambling, two FBS schools have also picked up interest in what he has to offer and one school will even get an official visit in July from the talented wideout.

"I'm going to visit Memphis on July 12th," Smith told JCFootball.com. "The staff there said they really like me a lot and it's just a matter of getting me out there for a visit before they will offer me.

"They said they'd like to get me out there for my visit and not let me leave, because they want a receiver with my size."

In addition to Memphis, Smith said that Minnesota is also showing interest and could bring him out on a visit as well.

Smith just finished up his AA degree last month and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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