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Durham star has Big 12 offer

The first scholarship offer has come in for Durham (N.C.) Hillside safety Jonathan Smith.
Nebraska extended an official offer to the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder this week.
"I'm very excited about getting an offer from Nebraska," Smith said. "I want to get to their camp this summer and see how their coaches are and how their practices are run."
Will distance from home be a factor in Smith's decision?
"Distance from home won't matter," he said. "I just want to go to a good program and want to add something to it positive. Whatever school I go to, I just want to be something positive to the team and help them out."
The Cornhusker offer comes as no surprise. Nebraska has been active in North Carolina early.
Smith's offer came in the same week that the Cornhuskers also offered Bunn (N.C.) defensive end Kerry Neal, who is committed to Notre Dame. Nebraska running backs coach Randy Jordan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and recruits the Tar Heel State for the Huskers.
Smith is heading to North Carolina this Thursday and Friday for an unofficial visit and is hoping that the Tar Heels come through with an offer.
"I'm thinking they may offer me then," he said.
"I run a very good 40, so I can run fast on people and I have a 37-inch vertical leap, so I can go up and get the jump ball," Smith said. "I come up on the run pretty good."
In addition to the Huskers and Heels, Michigan, Penn State, Georgia, Tennessee and Miami (Fla.) are schools at or near the top of Smith's list.
"Really I'm open to everybody," Smith said. "I'm open to all the Division I schools and am not rejecting any offers right now."
Smith, who had 95 tackles and four sacks in 2005, is looking to make a decision midway through his senior season.
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