When asked about when he will be narrowing his list of schools, Smith said with a chuckle, "I'm still wide open, but it will happen before signing day."
Smith has been offered official visits by just about every school that is recruiting him. "I don't think I'll use an official visit for the local schools (UCLA and USC). That will pan itself out by the end of football season if I still have any recruiting visits and I want to go check one of those schools out I'll might go do it officially."
Unofficially, Smith has visited UCLA, USC and Cal. Smith and his very talented Taft teammate, Steve Smith, both attended spring practices at UCLA and USC.
Taft head coach, Troy Starr, has always encouraged his players to avoid the summer camps in favor of working out with their teammates. As a result, Smith did not attend any college or corporate-sponsored camps over the summer.
Smith, who is one of the State's most talented high school track athletes, will once again run track in addition to playing football. "I'll be running in the same events (100, 200, relays) next year." In football, Smith said his coaches would like him to play two ways as a senior, certainly at wide receiver on offense and possibly at safety on defense. "I definitely prefer to play offense, and I right now I'm not sure if I'll have to play safety. I might have to."
While both parents attended UCLA, and his father, Lee, was a kick return specialist for the Bruins, Smith said his parents are as wide open as he is when it comes to picking a school.
"At this point I want to take all my visits before making any decision. I hope to make a decision before that (signing day), but I'm not sure."
Smith is fully qualified.