Smith: "I've Made My Decision"

Richard Smith, the talented wide receiver from Long Beach Poly, participated in the UCLA Skills Camp Sunday and, while he's verbally committed to ASU, is being a bit mysterious about the program he's chosen...

On Sunday, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Richard Smith showed off his speed at UCLA's Skills Camp.

"Being here at UCLA gave me a heads up on how UCLA is," said Smith. "Being here has allowed me to build a stronger relationship with the coaches. It is really fun here, the coaches are really dedicated, and of course the campus is beautiful."

Smith already verbally committed to Arizona State in April, but is taking his time to make his final decision.

"I am still fully committed to ASU, I just want to keep my options open," said Smith.

In addition to his offer from Arizona State, Smith also has offers from several Pac-12 programs.

"I have offers from, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington State, Colorado, Boise State and Oregon State," said Smith.

During Smith's evaluation period, he is taking time to see all of his options up close. At this stage, Smith discussed his three favorite programs.

Arizona State- "Obviously Arizona State is a favorite, since I have already verbally committed there. At ASU, I really like the environment there. Their program is really nice; the coaches are really dedicated to what they do. They make sure the players have fun, but still get the job done. It's just a good school all around," said Smith.

UCLA- "UCLA is a standout to me as well, because the school is close to home. It's a really great school, the education is awesome and the program is fabulous. I meet the entire coaching staff, and they are all really great. The coaches seem really loyal and really trustworthy."

Oregon State- "Oregon State is at the top of my list as well, because the moment I talked to the receiver coach, Coach B, we had an instant bond. Everything just went right, and we hung out at the San Jose Camp, because he was there. He is just really cool, but he is on you at the same time."

Smith discussed what he is looking for in a program.

"I am looking for somewhere fun, but also somewhere that gets down to business. Also somewhere that throws the ball a lot and has a good quarterback," said Smith.

The sought-after wide receiver said he has his decision made up, but it sounds like the wait is on until signing day to hear it made publicly.

"I have already made my decision, I just haven't told anyone yet. I know where I am going, you guys will see in February," said Smith.


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