June 1, 2011

Spartans offer PA safety

Archbishop Wood High School outside of Philadelphia is loaded with talent for the class of 2012. Michigan State is recruiting several players from there and recently offered Nate Smith from there a scholarship. SpartanMag.com was able to get the details on his recruitment.

Smith, who checks in at 6-foot-0, 180-pounds, is the third player from Archbishop Wood that head Coach Mark Dantonio has offered. The other two prospects are offensive lineman Frank Taylor and tight end Colin Thompson. Smith gave us the latest information on his recruitment.

"Everything is going really good, he stated. I now have offers from South Carolina, Toledo, temple, West Virginia and Michigan State. I am also hearing from several other schools as well."

Some of the other schools that are actively recruiting Smith include Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Virginia Tech.

Smith attended the NIKE Camp at Penn State University back in early May and was cited as one of the top performers at the event. Rivals.com national Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell ha d the follwing to say about him:

"Smith is very smooth and has safety size and cornerback skills. He is thick and strong but also has loose hips, reads and reacts to routes well and breaks on the football quickly. He had a couple of interceptions in skeleton and one-on-ones, and he gave receivers trouble with his willingness to battle for the ball in the air."

Smith has yet to visit Michigan State, but he indicated that he would like to learn more about the school and take a visit at some point.

"I like Michigan State, Smith said. All of the defensive backs they had last year made All-Big Ten. I would like to take a visit out there. I think I am going to wait until signing day to make my decision so I plan on taking my official visits."

It is possible that Smith could be in East Lansing sometime this summer. The Spartans will be hosting numerous top prospects on campus this summer for unofficial visits as well as hold their Senior Elite player camp in July. That would afford Smith the opportunity to work with Coach Harlon Barnett and learn more about the university.

With a bevy of talented players on the teams, the expectations are very high for Archbishop Wood this fall. As of right now the team has 6 players who have Division 1 scholarship offers on the table. Only a few select schools across the nation can match that total. We asked Smith about the upcoming season.

"I think I speak for all of my teammates when I say that we want to win the states championship," he said.

Archbishop Wood will certainly get a chance to show that they are one of the most talented teams in the nation. They play a rigorous regular season schedule and the road the Pennsylvania State Championship game is always tough. Despite Pennsylvania having more over 2 million more people than Michigan, they have 3 less divisions when it comes to football.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow Smith recruitment t this summer and keep an eye out for him at the Senior Elite Player Camp. The Michigan State staff would certainly be excited if come signing day more than one player from Archbishop Wood is wearing a Spartan hat.

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