Tuesday, July 16, 2013
SEC intrigues 2015 ILB Cameron Smith
By Erik McKinney
Cameron Smith (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay) didn't travel much for football this summer, as the nation's No. 3 inside linebacker for the 2015 class took only one trip during the break. He visited Los Angeles for an unofficial visit to UCLA and overnight camp with USC.
Smith didn't work out with the Bruins, as he already holds an offer from Jim Mora's program -- in addition to another from San Diego State -- but the visit did give Smith a chance to see both campuses for the first time.
"I got to check out the facilities [at USC]," Smith said. "They were beautiful. Everything looked great and really impressed me. I liked it a lot. And UCLA was just as nice. They said they are putting in new facilities in nine months."
Smith said he had an opportunity to meet Lane Kiffin during the overnight camp at USC. He also got close with linebackers coach Mike Ekeler. Smith added that there was much more discussion about where he would fit into the defense and what would be expected of him at UCLA than at USC, but that the defensive scheme of his future team won't matter much in the long run.
"I feel like I can play anywhere they want me to play," Smith said. "I feel I'd fit in more with UCLA, but if USC wanted me to play anywhere, I feel I could do it. That's how I am -- I feel like I can do anything and wouldn't have a problem adjusting."
Smith, the nation's No. 95 recruit for the 2015 class and No. 12 player in California, said USC coaches will be in touch after the first few games of his junior year, when they will let him know the status of a possible scholarship offer. He could have some rooting interest back home, as his linebackers coach is Dallas Sartz, a former USC linebacker.
Smith is one of the state's most productive players, as he was credited with 196 tackles, 3.5 sacks and four interceptions during his sophomore season. While scholarship offers are expected to come fairly quickly during his junior season, his recruitment might not truly start until next summer, as Smith has his sights set on a big trip.
"Next year I want to camp at LSU and take some visits down south," Smith said. "I want to see what everything looks like down there, but I really want to go check out LSU. I like how they put out defensive players and how successful they can be. I like them a lot. That's my main team right now."
Smith said he will wait until signing day or just before that to make his commitment, as he wants to experience his full recruiting calendar.