Smith Another In A Long Line

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Richard Smith continues in the long line of other Poly receivers and UCLA is already in on him...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Richard Smith (5-9, 161) is another in a long line of smaller, speedier receivers from the Poly program.

"I'm definitely a speed guy, slot receiver type," said Smith. "I looked up to players like DeSean Jackson, Travon Patterson and Terrence Austin (all former Poly receivers)."

And like those three, who ended up playing in the Pac-10, in-state, Smith is getting attention from Pac-12 schools, with two having offered.

"My offers are from UCLA and Washington," said Smith. "And Cal and Arizona State are also recruiting me. Mainly Pac-12 schools are interested right now. Miami is too, but I haven't really looked at schools outside of the Pac-12."

A USC fan growing up, Smith said that Poly's tradition of sending players there was what he noticed.

"They were my favorite school growing up and it was normal for a player from Poly to end up at USC," said Smith. "But now I'm open to whatever school I can make an impact at."

Smith said most schools like him solely as a receiver but cornerback has been brought up, and he's not opposed to that.

"Honestly, whatever gets me on the field fastest, I'll play," said Smith.

Smith doesn't want to make a hasty decision.

"I want to take all five of my visits, narrow some things down, make some decisions and then commit," said Smith.

He'll also be hitting up a number of camps and combines.

"I'll be going to a lot before my senior year," said Smith. "I'm going to try and play with the 1925 All-Stars this year too."

Academically, Smith said he's in fine shape with plans for the SAT in March.

Last fall, Smith caught 23 passes for 597 yards and eight touchdowns.

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