Smith to Take First Official Visit

Malcolm Smith, the 6-1, 220-pounder from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, ran a swift 4.44 40-yard dash and is ranked the #10 linebacker prospect in the country. He talked about his recruitment, a big game tonight, and his first official visit next weekend...

On Friday night, Malcolm Smith and his Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft teammates will take on Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw in a rematch of the City Section title game a year ago, which Crenshaw won.

So forgive Smith, the 10th ranked linebacker in the nation by and a four-star prospect, if his focus has been on that game and not on his recruitment.

"I've been getting messages from schools and a lot of schools have been calling, I just haven't been able to pick them up," said Smith. "I've been waiting since last season for this game and I'm really excited. I'm starting both ways."

Despite the current self-imposed moratorium on recruiting, Smith will again start thinking about it again after the game. In fact, next weekend, he'll take his first official visit.

"I've got a trip to Notre Dame set up next week when they play Michigan," said Smith. "It's the only one I've got officially set. I was going to visit Penn State in October but I am not going there until after my season."

Smith said that the Nittany Lions remained as one of his two favorites with USC the other one. "USC and Penn State are still my top two schools," said Smith. "UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan, Cal and Arizona are up there, too. I still have a few favorites that haven't made a real push. So if they do, they could move in there. And if any of the teams I like bomb this year, I could drop them."

All of the top seven schools on Smith's list have offered, with Notre Dame being the most recent.

Smith said that he would be taking all five of his official visits before deciding and his decision wouldn't come until likely late December or early January.

For now, his focus is on redemption for a city section title lost. "I'm sure that some (college) coaches will be coming to some games, but I just want to focus on our season," said Smith.

One of the most athletic prospects in the West in this class, Smith clocked a 4.44 forty at the Combine and jumped 36.5 in the vertical, which is phenomenal for his size, measuring about 6-1 and weighing 220 pounds.

As a junior, Smith rushed for 639 yards on 73 carries and caught 26 passes for 399 yards on the offensive side of the ball. He also added 41 tackles at the linebacker position.

Academically, he has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 1600 on the new SAT.

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