USC was a recent offer to TE Blake Smith (6-4 247) of Dallas, TX and Wednesday the Gamecocks had an assistant coach on hand to watch his spring practice workout. Smith couldn’t name the coach but said it was not tight ends coach Bobby Bentley. As for getting the offer from USC, Smith was excited partially because his aunt lives in the Palmetto State, so there is a connection there.
“It’s definitely something where I’m going to take a visit to South Carolina,” Smith said. “It’s a beautiful campus. I like the head coach, I think he’s all-time hard work. I talk to the tight ends coach quite a bit. I really like his energy.”
Smith describes himself as a very athletic tight end. In fact, he also plays some quarterback. But schools like him as a tight end because he can bring a number of options to the position.
“They say I’m very versatile,” he said. “I can line up on the line with my hand in the dirt, run pass routes, block down, they say I can even flex out. They know that I can be a big mismatch for a defensive back. I can also play quarterback and put some plays in there somewhere and just use my athletic ability for my size.”
Smith has taken unofficial visits to TCU, Vanderbilt and Ohio State, but with spring ball going on now, he won’t take more until that’s complete. Among his other offers are Boston College, Colorado, Florida State, Cal, LSU, Miami, Iowa State, TCU, Virginia and Vanderbilt.
Smith said he wants to make his decision before his senior season.