Speedy WR Noah Smith

Multi-talented athlete Noah Smith from Woodland Hills Taft is expected to expand his role as a senior by playing on both sides of the ball. While he is being contacted by schools across the country, Smith is leaning toward staying close to home…

Wide receiver Noah Smith, 6-0, 178, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, has been receiving letters and information from schools across the country, but he is leaning heavily at attending school in California. The fact his favorite school growing up, UCLA, has already offered a scholarship may just keep him very close to home.

"My childhood favorite would be UCLA. My dad (Lee Smith, a kick return specialist in the mid ‘70s) played football at UCLA, and he would like to see me play there. But the final decision will be mine," Smith said. "My mom attended UCLA as well." Smith has already received another scholarship offer from Ohio State. "I'm mostly hearing from California schools especially UCLA, USC and Stanford."

Smith will not be attending the Los Angeles Nike Camp as it interferes with Taft's track season, which continues into early June. Smith runs the 100 (10.6), 200 (21.08) and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays for Taft. Smith is not yet scheduled to attend any school summer camps either, but he is getting plenty of invitations.

As a senior Smith will be playing defense as well. "I played exclusively at wide receiver as a junior, but they are going to play me at both wide receiver and safety my senior season. I'm looking forward to it," Smith said. "I like being on both sides of the ball."

Despite a full schedule with school and track Taft head football coach, Troy Starr, will try to find a few hours in the near future to take both Noah and teammate WR Steve Smith to a UCLA spring practice.

Smith carries a cumulative 3.2 GPA. He is scheduled to take the May SAT.

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