Antwuan Smith Qualifies

Wide receiver Antwuan Smith couldn't enroll at UCLA in fall because he didn't have a qualifying test score. He does now, and he talks about his plans...

Antwuan Smith, 5-11, 180, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan, has been working hard to follow his dream of playing football at UCLA. Unsuccessful at obtaining a qualifying SAT score during his season year, Smith persevered and while taking classes part time at Fresno City College he received the great news on Friday that he will indeed play football at UCLA.

Smith took the exam on October 12, and it usually takes two-and-a-half to three weeks at a minimum to receive mailed results. However, scores are posted on the Internet as soon as they are released. Jerri Jackson, Smith's mother, had been checking the Internet waiting to see the results. She finally saw then Friday. "My Mom called me at the mall as soon as she saw the score. I was real excited. It is a huge relief off my shoulders," Smith said. "We are all very thrilled," Jackson said.

Asked if and when he called UCLA, Smith said, "Yeah, we called them the same day. I called UCLA as soon as I got home. They were preparing for the (Stanford) game. I talked to coach Kelly Skipper, and he was so excited. He said he would tell all the other coaches right then."

Smith said he keeps in touch with a number of players on the team. "Ricky Manning calls me. I know Matt Ware and Jarrad Page real well too. I haven't talked to them about the score yet, so I've got to do that. I have been so busy filling out a stack of paperwork that UCLA sent up. I have to sign everything, and I even have to fill out another complete application and get that ready. I don't mind at all since I know it's for real."

He is using this time wisely. "I'm taking two classes at Fresno City. If I have to wait I might as well take the classes and get some general education courses out of the way. Those are both transferable to UCLA. It looks like I'll head down to UCLA after New Years."

As far as playing at UCLA, Smith doubts he will be redshirting. "I don't think I'm going to redshirt. The coaches have kind of hinted at that. It's not for sure, but it is a good possibility. They also want me to play on special teams."

Smith averaged more than 30 yards on kick returns at Buchanan.


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