Sun Devils a Perfect Fit for Smith

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Long Beach Poly receiver and Arizona State commit Richard Smith, helped his team win the Saugus "Under the Lights" Passing Tournament over the weekend. Scout caught up with Smith afterwards to discuss his commitment to the Sun Devils.

In April Josiah Blandin committed to Arizona State. A few days later teammate and three star receiver Richard Smith committed as well.

"Arizona State plays small receivers," said a 5'9 and 161 pound Smith. "I am small, but Arizona State liked me any way. They have a good program. I felt like the coaching staff really cared about their players, on the field and off. They are so passionate and I love that."

Smith's height has always been an area of concern for him; however, he only chooses to focus on the physical traits that he can control.

"I definitely need to gain more weight and become stronger," said Smith. "I am strong for my height, but my size is always going to be my biggest weakness. I always play big though. I am small, but I play big. I think my speed makes up for my height."

Smith runs a 4.4 40. He is a CIF track relay placer and can run down a ball that is thrown out of range. In 2010, he made 23 catches for 597 yards and eight touchdowns.

Smith is one of the four, three star Long Beach Poly players to commit to Arizona State including Blandin, athlete Randall Goforth, and linebacker Salamo Fiso.

"The only guy I pushed into coming with me was my road dog, Randall," said Smith. "We have always been close on the field and off. Arizona State has asked about David [Price] too, but he's too young right now. I just really wanted to make sure that the ‘three amigos' [Blandin, Smith, and Goforth] played together in college."

While the receivers make up the three amigos, Arizona State was more than content to add some defense to the mix with Fiso as well.

Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy contributed to this report

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