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Smiths star is rising

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Ithaca, Mich., quarterback Travis Smith suffered a shoulder injury during the state championship game last fall, but showed at this past weekend's Rivals Camp in Cincinnati he is past the injury and ready to add to his offer list.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Smith finished as the No. 10 overall offensive performer and the No. 2 quarterback behind Rivals250 passer Drew Barker at the elite showcase last Saturday.
"I feel pretty good," Smith said. "There is definitely some room for improvement with my muscle strength in my shoulder, but my recovery was pretty quick. The doctor was actually shocked it healed as quick as it did."
Four schools have already offered Smith a scholarship - Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo and Old Dominion - and more schools are expected to evaluate him this spring and summer.
"I had a few schools come in this winter when I started throwing after my injury," Smith said. "Those schools are all coming back in [this spring]."
Coaches are already starting to make their way to Ithaca High this spring to see Smith throw. Toledo was the first to come through last Friday. Indiana and Bowling Green are expected on Friday while Ball State and Nebraska are expected in May.
Nebraska, Indiana, USF and Minnesota are the four BCS schools to show the most interest in Smith thus far. He was able to get out and visit the Cornhuskers for one of their spring practices earlier in the season.
"I have a pretty good relationship with Coach [Tim] Beck," Smith said. "It was great to just get out there and see anything and their facilities were just amazing. Of all the visits, they have had the best facilities I have seen. It's a great place and they are definitely in my top three right now."
Smith plans to wrap his process up in July, depending on how the spring and early summer goes with new offers coming through.
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