RECRUITING: Edmond FS is Oklahoma's top junior

Edmond, Okla. free safety Reggie Smith talks about his game and his interest in Oklahoma.


There is no question who the top player in the state of Oklahoma will be in 2005. And in reality, the only question surrounding Reggie Smith is how high he will be ranked on the national stage?

Smith will be a four-year starter at Sante Fe High School in Edmond, and it took only one quarter his freshman year before he became a starter at free safety. Smith started at free safety as a sophomore before branching out and going both ways last year at wide receiver, running back and free safety. Heck, for good measure Smith even played a little quarterback last season.

"I like free safety because I like to roam the field and watch the quarterback's eye," said Smith. "I liked playing baseball and I always played centerfield. I think the two positions are similar. In little league all I played was running back, so when I came to Sante Fe I was used to being on offense all the time. It was a bit weird when I went to the defensive side of the ball, but now I am used to it and I like playing defense."

Smith was so good on offense this past year that he was named the Daily Oklahoman Offensive Player of the Year as a junior. Smith was super as a running back, rushing for 963 yards while also showing some outstanding receiving skills finishing with 491 yards receiving and scoring a total of 20 touchdowns. Smith is also an outstanding punt returner as he returned two punts for touchdowns. And to top things off, he averaged 34 yards per punt. In the playoffs, Smith played his best football intercepting three passes in the first round, returned a punt for a 74-yard touchdown in the second game and rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in the third round.

Smith has camped at OU the last two years and he also attended the Kansas State camp last season. He is on the varsity in basketball and he runs track (100M/10.8 and LJ/21'11") on the varsity as well. Smith benches 245 pounds, squats 335 and he has a vertical jump of 37 inches.

With signing day behind the class of 2004 everybody will now look to the class of 2005, and Smith will be one of the national headliners. So, the key question now is Smith ready for the whacky world of college football recruiting?

"Not really. I haven't thought about," said Smith. "I just want to get through my junior and senior year and graduate in good shape."

What schools interest Smith at this point?

"I didn't watch them all and I really don't have a favorite right now," said Smith. "My dad just watched all the games and we just had fun like that."

He has been to several games in Norman, so what are his feelings on the Sooners in the early going?

"OU is real nice and I like the facilities," said Smith. "The coaches are real nice and they have a real nice program. It is safe to say that OU will be one of the schools that I look at."

And what about Oklahoma State?

"I went to a couple of their games and it was nice there too," said Smith. "I think they might be on the rise. I don't know if I will consider them or not because I have seen how they have treated some of our players in the past and I am not sure I want to get involved with them. I am not going to take them off my list, but I don't know if I will really get involved with them."

College football recruiting can become very crazy, so is Smith ready for what comes with being one of the very best players in the country?

"No, I don't even know what I am getting into," said Smith. "I am just going along for the ride right now and looking forward to seeing what happens. It doesn't matter if I leave the state or not, but it would be nice if I stayed in state because then I would be close to my family."

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