Three-star defensive end Scott Smith (6-7, 240, 4.9), from St. Louis High School in Honolulu, is on his way to California today for an official visit with the Bears.
Scott's father, George, said that his son favors Arizona, California and Oregon solidly over Washington and Hawaii. All have offered.
"Scott really wants to play in the Pac-10," Mr. Smith explained. "He's focusing his attention on the Wildcats, Bears and Ducks. Those will probably be the only schools that he'll take official visits to. We want to cut the visits down from five to three.
"He plays basketball, center, and every time he plans on taking an official visit he'll be missing basketball practice. He's not being recruited for basketball, but is taking his position on the team seriously, just like he does football.
"Scott visited Arizona last weekend (December 8)," he said. "He really liked Coach Mike Stoops and the entire coaching staff. He was impressed with the facilities and thought that they had great academic programs. I'd say that Coach Stoops is the coach that is recruiting him the hardest. He really wants Scott.
"His mother's family lives in Arizona. If Scott was to commit to the Wildcats there would be less of a chance of him getting homesick…because he would have family close to him.
"California has one of the best academic programs," Mr. Smith said. "Scott doesn't know a whole lot about the Bears; this official visit will help him get a better view of what's to come should he decide to go to California. He just left for his visit about 15 minutes ago and I can tell you he was very excited.
"He'll be visiting Oregon on January 12. The Ducks have been hounding him since his junior year. Coach Michael Gray (defensive line) is a very fired-up guy. He has lots of energy. Scott loves that. Oregon was the first to offer and Scott feels very loyal to them. It's going to be very tough to decide between his three favorite schools.
"Scott is considering Hawaii out of loyalty. But he wants to play in the Pac-10," he said.
"Washington is in constant contact with him, but Scott just doesn't favor them.
"He was going to take a visit to Oregon State, then canceled the visit because he didn't feel like it was the right place from him," Mr. Smith said.
"The decision will be a family decision. We are a sports family and we all have advice to offer Scott. He'll probably make his decision when he returns from his visit to Oregon. I know we will all look forward to having this be done and over with.
"In one night (December 4) we had three coaches stop by the house," he said. "They are all very competitive and try to persuade us not to talk to other coaches. They don't like each other--we couldn't even have them in the same room together. We had to have a friend of Scott's entertain one coach in the front yard while we were trying to get rid of another. It was crazy.
"Scott is a good kid. He's a family kid. I know he's nervous about leaving home, but he has a strong head. When he sets his mind to do something, he succeeds. Tomorrow, our local paper will be announcing him as defensive player of the year for the ILH (Interscholastic League of Hawaii). We're very proud of him.
"The schools have just recently started to get serious about Scott," Smith said. "I think it's because at the beginning of the year he pulled a hip muscle. He couldn't run for about five weeks. Luckily, he had a great year and is getting a great opportunity. Scott is in awe over the recruiting process. He can't believe what the coaches will do to get a recruit. They are relentless."
Scott's dad reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1000 SAT (new version).