Smith impressed with new ASU coaches

On Saturday several Sun Devil commits in Southern California received a visit from members of Todd Graham's new ASU staff. One of those players was Long Beach Poly wide receiver, Richard Smith, who talked to Devils Digest about this meeting.

"The visit went well and they had a lot of good things to say," said the 5-9 161-pound Richard Smith. "I enjoyed talking to them and the offense that they are going to run sounds very promising. I met with coaches Norvell, Thomsen and Christian and obviously I don't know them as well as I know (outing Arizona State wide receivers) coach Broussard, but they have been calling me a lot and showing that they really want me at Arizona State.

"I am feeling a lot of love from them right now."

Smith played both ways for the 10-2 Jackrabbits, but missed three games due to injury. On offense he hauled in 38 receptions for 595 yards and eight touchdowns. He also averaged over 23 yards on nine kickoff returns.

Smith is being recruited as a wide receiver and said following his visit with the Sun Devil staff he has come to realized that the coaching change in Tempe didn't involve a modification in the offense and feels that this scheme and the role the coaches have in mind for him can be beneficial.

"The offense that they are going to run isn't really different than what they were running this year," Smith commented. "I know they are going to still throw the ball a lot. They said that they really like me at outside receiver because of my speed and going one on one with corners. I think that this is a good fit for me.

"They didn't promise me that I was going to start, but said that if I worked hard that I would have a good chance to start. That meant a lot to me."

Smith was obviously one of five players who have pledged to the Sun Devils in the 2012 recruiting class, and naturally the ASU coaching change has made many wonder whether this quintet was still going to arrive in Tempe and intact. The wide receiver feels that the original plans for him and his teammates could still come to fruition.

"I think all of us could still end up at Arizona State," Smith claimed. "I know all of us still want to play with each other on the same team. I'm planning on going there on an official (visit) with all my teammates on January 20th.

Smith said that on a 1-10 scale, his commitment level to ASU "is at an 8."

Oregon State, Cal and UCLA have all offered Smith and the wide receiver indicated that all three have been recruiting him in earnest and that he could be visiting at those programs as well.


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