Smith To Trip, Decision Soon

The speedy wide receiver/athlete <b>Noah Smith</b>, from Woodland Hills Taft, is set to officially visit UCLA, and he said he'll pick between UCLA and two other schools soon after his UCLA visit...

Noah Smith, 5-11, 175, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, confirmed that he will visit UCLA this weekend, and that he's narrowed down his list to three schools.


"I'm looking forward to visiting UCLA this weekend," Smith said. "With the new coaching staff, I really want to see what they're about and what they plan on doing, and to get a feel for them."


Smith, who is the son of former UCLA player Lee Smith, is considered one of the fastest players in the country. As a junior, in track, he ran a 10.54 in the 100 meters and 21.04 in the 200 meters, which ranks him amongst the best in California and the nation.


Smith has officially visited California (Nov. 15th) and Arizona (Dec. 13th).  He said that those three schools – Cal, Arizona and UCLA – are the three schools he's narrowed it down to. He had a visit planned for Washington, but cancelled it.


Does he have a leader among the three left on his list? "Not really. I mean, I think that all three of them are tied. I'm just trying to get as much information out of it all as I can, then I'll make my decision."


And that decision could come fairly soon. "I think I'll take my UCLA trip and then I'll probably know enough. It should happen pretty quickly after my UCLA visit."


Smith has spoken with new UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell and was impressed. "It was Sunday I spoke to him, I think. I like him. He has a lot of knowledge.  And the fact that he's a wide receiver coach and coached in the NFL is a big plus."  When we spoke with Smith Tuesday night, he was expecting a call from UCLA's new wide receiver coach, Jon Embree.


Since his father went to UCLA, you might think that that could influence Smith's decision. "My parents trust my decision," Smith said. "They really don't have a hand up on any school. Whatever I decide they've said is fine with them."


About the possibility that he could verbally commit to UCLA this weekend, Smith said, "I'm not sure. Probably not, but it might happen."

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