June 8, 2007

Aztecs first to offer Vegas defensive end

One of the most exciting times for a prospect during his recruiting process is when he picks up his first scholarship offer. Charles Smith got to enjoy that experience in late May.

"I was in school and I got my first scholarship offer from San Diego State, I was ecstatic," expressed the 6-foot-6, 235-pound defensive end prospect from Las Vegas (Calif.) Desert Pines.

Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements is responsible for Smith's recruitment from the Aztecs' staff.

"I love San Diego, the location, so that is another reason why I was excited," he added. "Their coaches seem real cool. I talked with them this past weekend."

Colorado State, Wyoming, Oregon State, Nevada-Reno and UNLV have also shown interest.

"I haven't talked to Colorado State as much as I have San Diego State but I actually got my second offer from them in the mail today," Smith explained. "So now I have two written offers."

Smith currently has high interest in both San Diego State and Oregon State. "I am probably going to wait until after the summer, sometime during my senior season, to commit," he explained.

A first-team all-conference and second-team all-state selection last season, Smith recorded 63 tackles and nine quarterback sacks. He also started on the offensive side of the ball at tight end.

"I have good quickness and I try to take on the mentality that no one can block he," Smith said.

Smith plans to attend UNLV's camp in mid-June and he is looking to attend Nevada-Reno's summer camp. Smith also hopes to take an unofficial visit out to San Diego State before two-a-days begin.

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