Scouting Report: Calif. WR Steve Smith

Woodland Hills, Calif., Taft wide receiver <B>Steve Smith</b> has said he would visit Michigan in January. GBW's West Coast Correspondent Don Hoekwater was on the sidelines when the Taft Toreadors played a week a go in the Los Angeles City Section Division 1 Finals. Here is Don's scouting report on Smith -- with pictures!

Michigan recruit and wide receiver Steve Smith's Woodland Hills Taft Toreadors came into last Friday night's Los Angeles City Section Division 1 Finals with a perfect 13-0 record. But Birmingham of Lake Balboa handed Taft it's worse loss in over two years, 35-7. After the game Steve was understandably not in the mood to talk to the press, but before the game I (Don Hoekwater) did get a chance to talk to a couple of his coaches.

Before the game I got some insight on how Taft uses the 6-1, 185-lb. Smith from Receivers Coach Matt Kerstetter. "We're going to get him the ball and let him be a presence. He can do it all and we'll let him."

Smith (#2 in red) gets off line of scrimmage

The game was far out of reach so quickly that Taft was unable to take advantage of Smith's talents. While Steve made six catches to break the City Section career reception record, they had little impact on the game. Smith did make a spectacular catch and run at the end of the first half to rekindle some hope of a Taft comeback, but it was for naught.

Smith goes high!

While Smith plays corner on defense his talents plainly lie on the offensive side of the ball. He is a speedster and had the quickness to go along with that speed. He is also an excellent blocker.

Smith (#2) takes off

Coach Kerstetter told me Smith's schools in order were USC, Tennessee, Texas, and Oregon. He wasn't quite sure when or if Steve planned on visiting Michigan. USC had a contigent out in force as there were at least six SC players on the sidelines, most of which had also attended Taft. Among them was former Purdue QB Brandon Hance who told me SC was pushing very hard to Smith and that he was looking forward to having Steve as a target.

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