"He (Steve) said to make sure you take your time with your decision, don't feel pressured and make sure you're comfortable with the school you choose--little stuff like that," Smith said. "It's really not a big deal (the recruiting process).
Smith has spent a lot of time around USC and it is a school he has high interest in, but there are a handful of other schools he's looking at.
"I'm looking at Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, Washington, Mississippi and Florida State," Smith said. "I have offers from SC, Washington and Mississippi."
It's doubtful a prospect who has close ties to USC would mention Notre Dame and Ole Miss as schools they're interested in two years ago, but Charlie Weis has quickly reestablished the Irish as a national recruiting force and former Trojan assistant head coach, Ed Orgeron, has an impeccable reputation in southern California.
Smith is a two way star at Taft High in Woodland Hills, CA and as a junior rushed for 639 yards on 73 carries, caught 26 passes for 399 yards and had 41 tackles at the linebacker position. It should be noted Smith shared running back duties with Andre Harris, who committed to Idaho.
Most scouts project Smith as a linebacker in college, but he's being recruited as a running back and linebacker. He said he spoke to the USC coaching staff about their plans for him at practice last Sunday.
"They said they're liking me more for defense, but I guess it's up to me," Smith said. "I could really care less what position I play."
Smith said he doesn't have any big plans to attend many combines or unofficially visit schools over the summer, but he will attend the May 7 Scout.com All-American Combine at Citrus College, and he'll attend USC's April 2 Junior Day.
Scout.com will have more on Malcolm Smith later this week.