El Cerrito (California), cornerback Warren Smith scheduled for his first official visit this weekend.

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“I have one locked out for Washington State this weekend,” Smith said.

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Washington State has had some success in El Cerrito, returning to Mike Leach and now Cougs will get one of the best East Bay defenders in town.

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But his recruitment is still a long way off.

“I really talked to all the coaches from almost every school, and I developed a very good relationship with the coaches,” Smith said. “I think I will know my best schools when I accept all my visits.”

Smith was at the Sac State Mega Camp last week and several schools spoke to him there, including those from Oregon, and several schools came through El Cerrito in the spring.

“My coach recently contacted Oregon about an offer,” Smith said. “We had coaches from California, Yale Washington State, Washington, Utah, San Diego State, Sack State, UNLV, Fresno State, Boise State, UCLA, Nevada, Notre Dame State, Arizona State, Colorado State, Rice State, and San Jose State. come.”

In the spring, Smith also set off.

“I visited Washington, California, UCLA and San Diego State, Smith said.he visits was a pleasure. It was a good experience and something new for me and my family.”

Smith doesn’t have a top school list yet, but he plans to name one before the start of the season.

“I think I’ll name the top five at the end of the summer,” Smith said.

But he has a few that recruit him hard.

“I would say UCLA, California, San Diego State, Washington State, Washington State, and Colorado are the hardest to recruit,” Smith said. “I have great relationships with all six schools. Coach (Brian) Norwood at UCLA, Coach Allen Brown as well as Terrence Brown in Cal, Coach (Jordan) Malone in Washington State, Coach (Chuck) Morrell and Coach (Juice) Brown in Washington, and Coach (Rod) Chance in Colorado.”

Smith said he hopes to make the remaining official visits in the fall.

But he also has a flexible schedule for making decisions.

“I thought my time frame would be in December on signing day, but I don’t want to lose any of the schools that I’m really interested in because of the people who did it before me, so I can change that to the end of the summer. Smith said.

Smith has three stars in the industry’s 247Sports Composite Rankings, where 247Sports ranks him well above the industry, ranking him as the 57th cornerback in the nation and the 63rd prospect in the state of California in 2023.