Checking In On Top OT Donovan Smith

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UCLA has become the latest school to offer Owings Mills (MD) top offensive tackle prospect Donovan Smith , who boasts 12 written scholarship offers in total. Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have also offered the 6-6, 275-pound junior, who has visited Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Did any of the visits stand out over the others?

“Each of the schools has something different that stands out,” Smith said. “One school has a better weight room and another has a better academic center and things like that. Overall, facility-wise, so far Penn State has caught my eye. I could see myself there. Also Rutgers has a nice facility as well as Virginia Tech and Virginia and Maryland.”

Smith says he could see himself at “all” of the schools he has visited so far. He doesn’t plan to start to get deep into the decision-making process until later in the summer or early fall.

“By fall, I’ll probably narrow it down to a top list. By the fall, I’ll start cutting schools out. I’ll see what everybody has to offer. I’ll go into it further from there. Right now, I want to see who is showing the most interest,” said Smith, who in addition to the offers has received serious interest from Alabama, Louisville, Michigan State, Stanford, Syracuse, USC, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

A busy summer is planned, as Smith will continue making recruiting visits. He plans to return to some schools he has already seen. He also plans to visits schools he has not seen.

“I want to get a close look at everybody. I can’t leave anybody out,” Smith said. “I want to visit the schools that have offered me. If some visits don’t fit into my uncle’s schedule, maybe I’ll make official visits to those schools.”

Following a standout junior season in which he starred at offensive tackle and defensive tackle, Smith turned in an impressive performance at the U.S. All-American Bowl Junior Combine this past January. He finished as one of the top 10 offensive line performers despite being ill at the time. Smith would actually lose 25 pounds due to the illness, but he has since gained back the weight and now is up to 275 pounds.