STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Without question one of the most impressive players during this past weekend's NIKE Camp stop at Penn State University was Detroit Southeastern receiver Fred Smith.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder did quite well in the one-on-ones, the position drills and about everything else that went on at the camp.
Smith was pleased with his overall effort, but he also said he came into the camp hoping to learn more and get better.
"That's what this camp was all about for me," Smith said. "I came in here and really was working hard on improving. I also wanted to compete, but I also wanted to just become a better overall receiver."
It's scary to imaging Smith being any better.
After a junior season that saw him catch 37 balls for 595 yards and six touchdowns, he's already one of the best of the best in the Midwest. But he said there's always room for improvement.
"I was working on dropping my hips when running my routes," he said. "I've been working on my route running, and it's been getting better. I mainly came out here to see what competition is like outside of Detroit. I can't just compete in Detroit if I want to be the best."
Smith wasn't the only star from Detroit that stood out on Saturday. There was a group of around 15 players that really proved that it's a great year in the Motor City.
"We showed them today," Smith said. "With the combination of people that were here from Detroit, they definitely saw all of us. We showed them we have some skills up in Detroit. We represented."
When it comes to recruiting, Smith said things have heated up a little bit the past few weeks. He already had scholarship offers on the table from Michigan, Michigan State, Bowling Green and Toledo. They've now been joined by a trio of new Big Ten offers.
"I have some new offers from Wisconsin, Purdue and Illinois," he said. "Those are all good solid schools and great programs. I'm excited about each and every one of those offers."
But it still looks like it's going to be tough to pull him out of state away from the Wolverines and Spartans.
"Michigan and Michigan State are up there," he said. "I'm still evaluating. I'm not rushing it."