Sam Smith is playing well so far this season and if the Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks defensive tackle keeps it up in the classroom more Pac-12 schools could get involved in his recruitment.
"We've talked before and the transcript is the one thing that's holding more offers back from him," Cosumnes Oaks coach Ryan Gomes said.
"He's working hard and taking care of business in the classroom. If he continues to improve that you're going to see more Pac-12 schools on him."
So far, the 6-foot-4, 283-pound three-star prospect has offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, UNLV and Washington State and more could be on the way.
Gomes said numerous college coaches have been in contact and if Smith keeps improving his grades then things could pick up in a big way.
"He's playing very well," Gomes said. "We played the No. 2 team in the city last weekend, it was a dogfight up until the end and he played well.
"We had Colorado State, Fresno State, Sacramento State, I know a number of other schools were at the game watching. They've all been coming through and spending time and bumping into him and getting an opportunity to talk to him."
Because he's usually one of the top players on the field, Smith moves around a lot on the defensive line to try to stay away from two or three blockers.
Even if he's taken out of the play, enough emphasis is put on him that others can make the tackle.
Smith, rated as the No. 29 defensive tackle in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, is doing everything right and it might only be a matter of time until some more Pac-12 teams get more interested.
"We move him around because he's the focal player," Gomes said. "He takes a double- and triple-team consistently. We shut down their power run game last week and Sam played a big part in taking that away."