"I redshirted last year to get ahead on my academics, otherwise, I wasn't going to be able to graduate until May (of 2015) and that was going to make it hard to sign on with a school, so I decided to take the time off, get ahead of my school stuff and be ready to go in December," Smith told JCFootball.com recently.
As a freshman for Ventura, Riley hauled in 29 receptions for 368 yards and four scores, working mostly as an outside receiver.
"I was mainly an outside guy because I had good speed (4.4) and I could get deep," Smith noted. "I played running back in high school, so I didn't really understand how to play receiver when I got here, so that's something I have worked on a lot since I got here and now I feel pretty confident in my hands and my route-running.
"I'm still working hard on perfecting my routes and working on my hands and studying coverages so I understand how to set up a DB and stuff like that."
As a freshman, Smith had offers from a couple of schools -- Eastern Michigan, Georgia State and South Alabama -- and all of those offers have carried over to this year. He also reports offers from Idaho State and Texas State as well.
"I have those offers and then my coaches have talked to UCLA, San Diego State, Utah State and LSU a little bit about me too," Smith added.
As noted earlier, Smith is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two starting in the fall of 2016.