Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's class of 2015 cornerback Tyson Smith still has two more years of football left in his prep career, but he enters his junior season already holding an offer from his childhood favorite.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Smith attended two camps at Michigan State this summer, and his most recent trip yielded an offer from the Spartans.
"The first one I went to was a 7-on-7 for schools, and the highlight of that was walking around the campus and seeing how everything was," Smith said. "The second time was for an invitational camp, and they offered the next day.
"I talked to Coach [Brad] Salem and Coach [Mark] Dantonio and they both said the same thing about how I have quick feet, good agility and speed."
The repeat visits to East Lansing have further familiarized Smith with the Spartans, but his knowledge of the program extends much further back.
"I have a lot of interest in them because they have always been my favorite school," Smith said. "No matter who else offers me, Michigan State will still be a favorite just because growing up I always watched them, that was the first campus I visited, I had family members who went there and I just like the school."
Besides Michigan State, Smith also attended camps at Ohio State and Alabama, speaking to the head coaches of both programs while on campus.
"Nick Saban, he really liked me," Smith said. "In the middle of the camp one day he called me out of the camp just to walk and talk with him. He seemed to like everything I did, and everything they did was like what they teach at St. Mary's.
"When I first went to the [Ohio State] camp, they didn't know I was going. Then, when we were going through drills they recognized me, took me on a little tour and talked about the school. I just stay in contact with them now, and they said they were really happy with me."
Smith plans to get back out to all three schools he camped with this upcoming fall. One game he has picked out and hopes to make work with his schedule is the Nov. 9 game in Tuscaloosa between Alabama and LSU.