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Spartans make push on Smith

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Detroit Southeastern receiver Fred Smith is a wanted man.
As one of the top players not just in Michigan but in the entire country, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound blue-chip receiver has been getting plenty of visits to his school from college coaches, and he's also made a few visits on his own.
"I've been hearing from Michigan State mostly lately," he said. "And Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa. Those are my top teams right now too. They're all four even. I get text messages from those schools all the time."
It's pretty clear the Spartans have upped the ante and are doing everything they can to let Smith know they really want him.
"The Michigan State coaches came by my school on Monday," Smith said "Their spring game was last Saturday, and I went to it. I have been talking to them a lot about my time up there. Mark Dantonio is the one that came to school. He basically just came to see me. Michigan State's coaches told me they want to me to come in and be an impact player as a true freshman."
Smith admits it's kind of cool to have a head coach personally recruit him, but he also admits he's still a ways away from making a decision.
"I'm going to take my time and take some visits this summer," he said. I'll probably make a decision right before my senior season starts. I'm just trying to make sure I make the right decision, but location isn't a real big deal."
Smith was scheduled to make it to Ohio State this past weekend for the Buckeyes' spring game, but he did not make it. He said he's hoping to make it to Columbus sometime in the future. With offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Bowling Green and Toledo on the table, Smith has also visited a few other places, too.
"I'm going to visit Ohio State, but I'm not sure when yet," he said. "I was supposed to go last Saturday, but something came up and my coach couldn't drive down there so I ended up going to Michigan State. I've visited Iowa. I haven't visited Ohio State yet. I went to Iowa's spring game."
Wherever he ends up at, Smith wants to star on and off the field. He also wants to do some big things in his senior season.
"I have real high goals," he said. "I want to win a state championship. I plan on breaking all the school records too. Education is really important. Also, I want to go to a school where I can be an impact player. I want to go to the league, but I want to get a degree in business in case that doesn't work out. I want to be an accountant."
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