Louisiana D-Tackle Hears from UCLA

D'Anthony Smith, the 6-3, 307-pounder from Leesville Pickering, heard from some pretty big-named schools this spring, including Tennessee and Notre Dame, as well as UCLA...

With a commitment already from California's top discus thrower, UCLA is now recruiting Louisiana's top shot putter. And the Bruins are hoping to add another gifted track star to the defensive line.

Leesville (LA.) Pickering defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith (6-3, 307) won the state shotput title with a 52-2 throw earlier this spring, but it's on the football field where he is hoping to get his college education satisfied.

"I haven't gotten any football (scholarship) offers yet, but this spring I heard a lot from LSU, UCLA, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Tulane and Louisiana Tech," said Smith.

Smith said the hometown Tigers are his leader with SEC rival Tennessee his number two school.

So where did the Bruins stand?

"I would love to go to school out in California. My family wants me to stay close by but it's up to me. LSU was one of my favorites growing up, but UCLA has a lot of guys from Louisiana, from what I hear," said Smith, who is being recruited by UCLA recruiting coordinator, Eric Bieniemy.

Smith didn't participate in any spring camps or combines because of track but will attend the LSU camp this summer. He said he has been clocked at a 4.9 forty before.

With no offers yet, Smith said he obviously can't make a decision soon, but instead will wait until after his season is done. "I can do it in track, but now I can show what I can do on the football field too," he said.

As a junior, Smith had 59 tackles, eight sacks, a pair of fumble recoveries and was a first-team all 2-A selection for Pickering.

Academically, Smith has a 3.2 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.

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