June 13, 2006

Huskies looking to Kansas

As a linebacker, Brian Smith is used to making a beeline for whomever he's covering. However, with scholarship offers from around the country piling up on his proverbial doorstep, Smith is likely making beeline to his local AAA, mapping out a June's worth of visits that will take him to Notre Dame, Iowa, Florida and Michigan, and possibly to Washington.

While wading through Smith's possible suitors could be akin to trying to get on Highway 5 during rush hour, Smith says there's plenty of room for the Huskies at his table, particularly after U-Dub running backs coach Trent Miles made the march out to Overland Park, Kansas, to see Smith's Saints of St. Thomas Aquinas. "He (Miles) talked to my coach and told me that coach (Willingham) would really like me on the team. The defensive coordinator also called in early June and told me they need me at linebacker, saying that I'd be a perfect fit."

With fresh offers from one-time powerhouses Nebraska and Michigan State, Smith says he's also fielded a handful of verbal solicitations from his backyard, including spoken offers to remain in-state in either of the Big 12 schools Kansas calls home, while also receiving firm scholarship offers from Missouri, Kentucky, Texas Tech, Arizona State and Texas Tech. But wait, there's more. In addition to a host of schools from the south and America's heartland, Smith says that perennial bowl game contenders are hoping to pique the interest of the multi-talented linebacker. "Michigan, Notre Dame and Florida are all staying in contact," said Smith.

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