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Reggie Smith

Super Oklahoma FS/WR <b>Reggie Smith</b> (6-0, 192, 4.5) talks about his five favorites. Will the youngster from Santa Fe HS in Edmond be looking for a town that is just the right size...or does he have visions of being a home-town hero?<P>

Oklahoma FS/WR Reggie Smith of Santa Fe HS in Edmond says Nebraska leads slightly over Oklahoma, Ohio State, Kansas State and USC. All have offered.

"I like Nebraska because of (coach) John Blake. He's a big reason I want to go there," says Smith. "He's just a good guy and I know he'll be there for the long run. I went to camp there (6/11) and they really showed how much they wanted me. The coaches were talking about how I could play DB/WR and PR.

"Lincoln is kind of like Edmond…it's not too big and it's not too small. Plus the stadium there is real nice and seems like a good place to play in. They're also showing how much they want me there--they send me a lot of stuff.

"Oklahoma competes every year and are always going to the big games. They want me there as a DB and the corners there do pretty well. It's also about thirty minutes away from where I live and the facilities there are well kept. I went there (8/7) and watched the team scrimmage and I also talked to coaches (Bob) Stoops, (Bo) Pelini (co-def coord/secondary) and (Cale) Gundy (asst coach/RBs). They said that if I go there I could probably play some other positions as well. Coach Gundy said I could be a home-town hero.

"Ohio State likes me as WR and said I would be there go-to guy. Coach (Darrell) Hazell (WR) is a good coach and coach (Mark) Snyder (def coord) is down-to-earth. They said I would also be a great fit as a PR and could be showcased at that position. I went there for a visit in mid-June and watched the team practice. The academics there are real good and get kids where they want to go in life. But I don't know too much about the program there.

"I went to Kansas State the summer before my JR year for camp. They liked me even back then considering how young I was. Coach (Bob) Elliot (def coord/secondary) teaches his players with a different kind of technique. I like that they can compete in the Big 12 and that they're champs right now too. It would be a good place to go.

"USC is right up there at the #1 spot (nationally ranked) and they've got some of the best coaches on their staff in the country. Coach (Todd) McNair (RBs) is easy to talk to, especially about life after college--they prepare you well for life over there. Secondary coach (Greg) Burns teaches good techniques for corners. And there's a lot of stuff out there in L.A. like the Staples Center and stuff like that."

Reggie says he has not thought about where he'll take his official visit but they will probably include these five schools. He will try to make two visits this season as he has two Thursdays off (no games) and will make the rest after the season.

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