USC Recruiting

Gamecocks target OrTre Smith not stressed about recruiting

dmclemore@thestate.com

Wando wide receiver OrTre Smith, a top South Carolina and Clemson target, dropped his top five at the end of June. For the moment, he’s falling back on it.

The 6-foot-4 athlete rated by many as the best prospect in South Carolina for 2017 put the Gamecocks with Clemson, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina as teams still in the running.

“I’m just going off that right now,” Smith said.

And what separated those five?

“They showed a lot of love,” Smith said. “I just felt comfortable around the facility, the staff. It’s just a good feeling there.”

He was in Columbia on Sunday for a High School Sports Report media day. His mother, Tashia Green, told Phil Kornblut that he spoke to Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp and wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon while in town.

She also told Kornblut her son will be at Clemson on Friday and in Columbia on Saturday for a pair of invitation-only events.

Smith admitted he’s looking forward to announcing his choice and getting this process behind him. He’s set Sept. 11 as a date he’ll probably do it, three games into his senior season.

He’s looking forward to trying to get Wando on track after a 3-8 campaign in 2015 and still sees himself getting some more time at safety on defense. (Coaches have said his value on offense is paramount.)

With a top five already public, he’s mostly looking ahead to that last high school season.

“Just trying to produce for my team,” Smith said. “I don’t worry about much right now.”

Phil Kornblut contributed to this report

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