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Big tight end lands first offer

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Caleb Smith first made contact with Idaho because his Kent (Wash.) Kentridge teammate Cameron McKernan signed with the Vandals in the 2011 recruiting class. After the coaching staff talked to Smith and reviewed his film, they decided to offer and it's the first one for the 6-foot-7, 240-pound tight end.
"(McKernan) gave me the number to coach (Eti) Ena," Smith said. "I called and talked to him and we got along pretty well.
"Then I didn't talk to him for a while and then last week I got a call from coach (Rob) Akey and they saw my film and liked how I played and they want a big tight end and he offered me a full ride."
Idaho is definitely under consideration but Smith said he doesn't plan to make any decisions soon. While it plays a role that McKernan is going to play for the Vandals, Smith said it won't be a major consideration when he's picking a college.
"It plays a part but I'm not going to make a decision on people I know going there," Smith said. "I want to look at all the academics and other ways I fit into the program and how the coaching staff is running things, style of play and a lot of other things."
Washington State, Boise State, Oregon, UNLV and Montana are showing lots of interest in Smith, who performed well at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 in Las Vegas earlier this spring.
The Cougars could be the closest to offering the big tight end but Smith said he's going to sit back and wait things out in his recruitment to see what all of his options are later on.
"I think I might be close to a Washington State offer," Smith said. "If there was another school that was going to offer Washington State would be one of the first.
"A Pac-10 offer would be great but I'm not going to a specific college just because of their division. I want to really fit into the program really well and I wouldn't say I have a favorite right now. I want to weigh out my options."
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