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Inland Empire standout heating up

Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill is one of the emerging programs out in the Inland Empire. Their success has been enviable. Citrus Hill head coach Dough Dubois and his program has already won a league championship before the school has graduated its first senior class.
One of the reasons is the outstanding play of senior linebacker/tight end Greg Smith (6-3, 237, 4.6) from Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill. Smith earned all-league and second-team all-CIF as a junior.
On the recruiting trail, Smith has three offers on the table from UTEP, Fresno State and Washington State. This fast rising prospect has a pending offer from Oregon.
San Diego State, Utah, New Mexico and Oregon State are increasing their interest in Smith.
Smith returned from his first official visit to UTEP this past weekend.
"UTEP was really cool," Smith said. "It was a great experience. My best friend, Jamie Irving goes to UTEP and he was my host."
"Jamie took me all around the city and good places to eat," Smith said. "I liked UTEP's program and how everyone is like a family."
"I will be visiting Fresno State in January," Smith said. "I like Fresno State and the way they play football.
"Another player from my school, Mario Moore, plays for Fresno State," Smith said. "They have a great tradition and Fresno State also has a family atmosphere."
Smith is one of the reasons that Citrus Hill is sitting at a perfect 10-0. From his tight end position, he has 26 receptions for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. He has also played some fullback and has two rushing touchdowns. One his touchdowns went for 65 yards and the other was for 15.
Also an outstanding, special teams player, Smith has four blocked punts to his credit this season.
Smith is being recruited mostly as a Tight end/H-back, but Utah likes him as a defensive end. Definitely one to keep your eye during the playoffs as his stock is beginning to heat up.