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Smith looking at Challenge as springboard

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ATLANTA -- Sam Smith does not have an impressive offer list, but the Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks defensive end hopes that changes soon.
The 6-foot-4, 283-pound three-star hopes a strong performance at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge this weekend could be the impetus.
"I'm just trying to break some more Pac-12 offers," Smith said. "I came here with these guys and they all have 25 or 50 offers. I'm the only one with five. It's kind of like I have to step it up.
"I'm trying to come out here and show out as much as I can. It shows me I have to work. I have to start showing out more at these camps."
Washington State and USC are two favorites for Smith, rated as the No. 26 defensive tackle in the 2013 class and No. 57 in California state rankings by Rivals.com.
The Cougars were the first to offer -- since then Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada and UNLV have joined the list -- so Washington State is a serious consideration for the Northern California prospect.
Boise State, UCLA, San Jose State and others are showing interest.
"They were the first ones to offer, they were the first ones talking to me so it shows they really like me," Smith said. "It could be a good place for me."
Before Smith makes any decisions, though, he wants to camp at USC this summer and see what happens after working out at the Rivals Challenge.
"I want to go (to USC) and show out," Smith said. "They said if I go out there and do really well I can get an offer from them. After the summer, during the season, I think a lot will be coming in."
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