Smith is a playmaker for Cerritos

A threat out of the slot is a huge luxury for any offense to have and one of the better slot receivers in the California JUCO ranks is Cerritos WR Sheldon Smith (5-11.5, 175). He had a solid freshman season and that has resulted in several four-year programs from across the country looking at him to possibly come in and be a playmaker in their offense.

Smith prepped at Culver City High School in California and after not qualifying, he decided that the Falcons were where he wanted to continue his football career.

"They have good coaches and they have great facilities here," Smith told recently. "I wanted to feel at home and I really did when I came here so it's been a good situation for me."

As a freshman, Smith posted 39 receptions for over 600 yards and seven touchdowns while rotating in the three and four-receiver sets.

"I played outside some, but I played mostly out of the slot," Smith said. "I really like the slot the most because I like taking on safeties and linebackers.

"They think they can hit me and knock me off my route and then I'm able to use my quickness to get around them and then it's pretty open for me."

Smith didn't participate in the southern California Combine helt at Cerritos because of a tweaked hamstring, but he typically runs the 40 in 4.43 seconds and he said that's something he takes pride in.

"My speed and quickness are my biggest assets," Smith noted. "I want to get stronger and be more explosive this fall, so that's what I'm focused on."

On the recruiting front, Smith said he'll go anywhere, but the west coast definitely is where his heart is.

"The Pac 10 is where I have my eye," Smith said. "I love the west coast and if I can get an offer to play out here, that's what I want to do.

"If it's not the Pac 10 then I'm open to any of the big conferences to go play in. I want to face the best competition and I think it would be great to go anywhere that I could face that."

While he doesn't have any offers, Smith said schools like Louisville, California, Arizona State, Kentucky and Oregon State have shown interest and have sent him letter.

"I'm really focused on just getting better every day and letting that other stuff take care of itself," Smith said. "I'm looking for a good football program and a school with good academics so I can graduate on time."

Smith will finish his two-year degree in May of 2009 and he'll have three years to play two when he steps on campus.

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