Cameron Smith took unofficial visits to USC and UCLA last week and both were valuable to the 2015 linebacker from Granite Bay, Calif.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound standout who finished with about 200 tackles in his sophomore season and helped lead Granite Bay to the state championship camped at USC and said he's hopeful an offer from the Trojans is close.
"I was at the USC camp first," Smith said. "I got a chance to see the new facilities and they were awesome. The camp went well. I was excited with my performance so I'm just waiting to see what happens with that. They just want to stay in contact and see how I play this year."
Smith said the USC coaches want to see how he performs this season but that an offer might be coming before that could happen. An offer from the Trojans would definitely be big for the 2015 prospect who said UCLA still leads in his recruitment.
"There was kind of a hint of an offer," Smith said of USC. "They just want to see how everything went as of this year and go from there. I think it could come pretty soon. I'm hoping it comes pretty soon.
"I loved UCLA so they're still on top. We'll see how it goes with USC because I'm excited about that. A lot of things need to fall into place and I would need to really feel comfortable with the coaching staff because I do feel comfortable with (UCLA linebackers coach Jeff) Ulbrich so it's still up in the air right now."
UCLA went well. Smith toured the campus, got to watch some film on the expectations of UCLA linebackers and he has this general sense of comfort with the Bruins' coaches. They remain No. 1 in his recruitment.
"I just went up there, checked out the team working out and I looked at the locker room," Smith said. "I walked around the campus and watched a little film on what UCLA expects from their linebackers. I heard some good things. I was happy with that. It was a good weekend."