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Smith lands early attention

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Cameron Smith is 15 years old, he already has a full-grown beard and the Granite Bay, Calif., prospect might be one of the top sophomores in Northern California.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound recruit finished the season with 189 tackles and was one of the big reasons why Granite Bay defeated Long Beach Poly this past weekend to win the state championship.
Smith is big, strong, fast and he's just getting started.
Playing well all season carried over to the state title game and Smith was one of the best players on the field which was loaded with Division I prospects.
"It's awesome," Smith said. "There is no feeling like it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime deal to play in a state championship. We persevered all year long. We played so hard and we wanted it more. That's what it comes down to, who wants it more.
"Being the 16th game of the season, I'm really starting to get the flow and I feel really good on the field. It's just been awesome. It's been great."
Recruiting has just taken off for Smith, who averaged nearly 13 tackles per game and he added 3.5 sacks this season.
UCLA, Washington State and BYU are the main schools early on showing interest but Smith has not received any offers yet. After such a strong sophomore campaign, it would not be surprising to see more programs getting in the mix soon.
"I'm getting a lot of looks from the people that come for Beau [Hershberger]," Smith said. "I got a few letters from UCLA, Washington State and BYU, just starting it off with those schools."
With such a strong season to show and a state championship already under his belt, Smith hopes that can lead to more attention.
"I hope it leads to some more things," Smith said. "It's been a very successful year and it's just been awesome."
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