Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks coach Ryan Gomes said whenever a college coach comes in his office he's sure to put on the highlights of junior defensive end Sam Smith because he knows they'll be immediately impressed.
Smith, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound prospect, is one of the next big prospects at Cosumnes Oaks - which features four-star cornerback Marcus Rios this recruiting cycle - and Gomes said Smith is without a doubt a national prospect.
"He's an animal," Gomes said. "He's 6-4, 265, he's a natural three-technique. He has heavy hands and great hips.
"I'll put on his sophomore film for coaches because those are the ones I have done and he's playing varsity as a 15-year old last year. It was his fourth game ever playing football and you see him dominating Division I football players. He just dominated them."
On offense, Smith is utilized at tight end but mainly as a blocker and he simply pulverizes opponents all game. To be that advanced in his junior season, Gomes said, Smith should be a top-flight prospect next recruiting cycle.
More than 50 coaches have stopped by Cosumnes Oaks in recent weeks trying to go after Rios and Gomes said he makes sure that they also watch Smith so they can get some early evaluations on one of the top 2013 prospects in Northern California.
Smith could start picking up offers soon.
"We play him at tight end on offense but he's like another tackle out there for us," Gomes said. "He just blocks people and secures the edge and then on defense he's a menace.
"He's a national guy. I've had coaches over and over saying he's the best kid we've seen in California. He's one of the best I've seen in a long time. You see the body type and you know he's going to be a monster."