Smith To Decide Soon

The speedy wide receiver prospect from Woodland Hills Taft, <b>Noah Smith</b>, whose father went to UCLA, said that after this weekend's visit to UCLA, he'll be ready to make his decision soon. What's he think about the three school's he's considering?

Noah Smith, 5-11, 180, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, had nothing but glowing things to say about his trip to UCLA, and talked about his imminent decision.


I liked it a lot," Smith said. "I love UCLA and love the area. It was altogether a good trip."


Smith has visited Cal and Arizona and he said the UCLA trip might have been a bit superior. "I think this trip was a bit better," he said. "There was more to do. And I got to do something I'm interested in. I want to major in criminology or something close to that. So while I was on my trip at UCLA I talked to the UC police, and rode with them.  They talked to me about a program where I could be a patrol officer at night while I was going to school. And while I was riding, we got a call. This guy on a motorcycle got in an accident with another car. It was all pretty cool. The guy was okay, though."


Smith said that the one thing about UCLA that could hurt the Bruins' chances is the fact it doesn't have a criminology major.  "That is the one downfall of UCLA, that it doesn't have the exact major I want."


But there were plenty of other factors that were positives. "It felt really comfortable compared to the other trips. I've been there so many times and have seen the campus so many times. And then meeting the coaches was good. I was really impressed with them. Coach Dorrell and coach Embree, they talk a good game. They said they want a Rose Bowl championship.  Nothing less. They weren't telling all this other stuff about what they hope to do. Just told me straight out that they were trying to win championships. I really like that. And they said they thought I could really help them out."


Smith, who is an accomplished trackster, also met with UCLA's track coaches.  "I met with the sprint coach and the head track coach, Art Venegas.  It was good to hear, how they'd plan it out between football and track."


His timeframe for making a decision could be soon, and he wouldn't rule out any of the three he's considering – UCLA, Cal or Arizona. "Right now I really don't have a leader. But I'm going to sit down with my parents this week and talk about it. I need to tell them what I think about my UCLA trip. And I need to hear what they think.  Then I'll make a decision, probably within a week."

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