Steve Smith is a Trojan

"He committed to USC," Smith's father Steve Sr. said. "It was a real tough decision for Steve because he liked both schools a lot, loved both schools but after his visit to USC, he just realized USC had everything he was looking for in a school and it was right in his own backyard."

It took a lot longer than we expected, but Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft wide receiver Steve Smith has made his college decision. The two finalist were USC and Tennessee and Smith notified the coaching staffs of both schools earlier this morning.

"He committed to USC," Smith's father Steve Sr. said. "It was a real tough decision for Steve because he liked both schools a lot, loved both schools but after his visit to USC, he just realized USC had everything he was looking for in a school and it was right in his own backyard.

"From a football standpoint, they're on the rise and have a lot of good young talent. We all like the coaching staff a lot and feel Steve will be put in a position to thrive and succeed. Steve can play on either side of the ball but he's being brought in as a receiver which is his preference.

"What his mother and I liked was the academic support and the opportunities that will exist for Steve after football. We know you can't play forever and an injury can occur at anytime. At USC, their alumni support is excellent and since he wants to live in Southern California when he's done with football, it just made so much sense.

"Tennessee was great this whole process and wished him the best of luck. They said they're keeping that scholarship for him until Signing Day but Steve is 100% committed to USC and is excited about being a Trojan."

Smith is one of the best players California has produced in the last decade. The numbers he has put up since his sophomore year are staggering and the fact that he has done while playing on both sides of the ball is even more amazing. His commitment to USC just about assures the Trojans that they'll finish with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in our eyes.


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