Four teams have emerged as favorites for one of the
South's top wide receiver prospects.
"I'm really looking hardest at Arkansas, Florida,
Tennessee and Ole Miss," said Warren (Ark.) standout
Bret Smith, a member of the Rivals.com
Top 100 team and the No. 12 wide receiver in the nation. "I'm
concentrating on my season right now and trying to help our team win the
championship, but I'm getting a little closer to sitting down and going over
all the pros and cons of these teams.
"All of these are on there because I've got a good
relationship with the coaches and I like the offenses the run. They're all
good places for a wide receiver. I'm not so much looking at the location as
much as what the depth chart and the players are like, that and the
education. Plus, all four of them have told me I can play both sports
(football and basketball). Basketball is my other love, so that's real
important that they'd give me that opportunity."
Smith (6-3, 175, 4.5), who caught a gaudy 103 passes
for almost 1,900 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior, said Kansas State and
Illinois have also turned up the recruiting intensity in recent weeks.
"I may look at them, too," he said. "I need to
investigate more about them. But I wouldn't write anyone off. Both of those
are good schools."
One factor to follow closely with Smith is his close
relationship with high-profile Warren teammates Terrance Hampton and
RoShawn Fellows. All three players have offers from both the home
state Razorbacks -- where they have been rumored to be leaning -- and the
Volunteers. Each player has expressed an interest in playing together, so
the first to commit may signal the others following suit.
Smith has yet to schedule any official visits in
favor of waiting for the end of Warren's season. The Lumberjacks are 9-1 and
looking to repeat as Class 3A champions. He began the season as a
quarterback, but has shifted back to receiver for the last two games.
"I'm a lot more comfortable there," he said. "That's
where I'm at my best. I feel like we've got a lot better chance to win it
all with me there."
Smith has caught 17 passes for 252 yards and two
touchdowns since his return to wideout.