Junior Profile: Steve Smith

Considered one of the best football prospects in the junior class nationally, Steve Smith of Woodland Hills Taft has an early list and said he probably wants to get his recruitment over with early...

Steve Smith, JR WR, 6-1, 185, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, will be one of the most sought-after recruits in the football class of 2003. He said he's still pretty wide open, but thinks he wants to stay on the west coast and probably commit early.

"I've heard how crazy recruiting can get," Smith said. "If I commit early it won't be as hard I think. I think I'd like to commit pretty early, even before my season starts. Then I could focus on football and school."

Smith said he's wide open and considering all schools. He did say, though, that he'd prefer to stay on the west coast. "I'd like to be someplace that wasn't far from my family. Staying close to them would be good.

When asked what schools he knows he'd be interested in, he said, "USC, UCLA, LSU, Oregon, Texas and Miami, and many others."

Another factor that will weigh in Smith's decision is the quality of the accounting major each school has, since Smith says he intends to study accounting. He also said the quarterback situation at the school will be a big factor as well as the depth at wide receiver. "Those are big issues for me. I want to be an accountant, so I really want to go to a good accounting school. And of course, the quarterback. Every receiver wants to have a quarterback who can throw him the ball. I'll also look at the wide receivers. Who's on the team, who's coming back."

Brandon Hance, the quarterback that transferred from Purdue to USC last month, is a former teammate of Smith's at Taft. Does his transferring to USC affect his decision? "Yeah, it does. I like Brandon. I like the way he throws the ball."

Smith also has a group of very talented teammates still currently at Taft, such as fellow wide receiver Noah Smith and linebacker Lance Broadus. He said they've all talked about going to college together. "We talk about how great that would be," he said. "I don't know where they all actually want to go. I know Lance is pretty excited about just going to college and playing football."

Smith is a pretty good student, maintaining a 3.0 GPA and having scored a 970 on his SAT.

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