June 1, 2006

Patience is a virtue for SoCal star

While many of the nation's best players are making commitments there is one of the west's best opting for patience.

Running back/linebacker Malcolm Smith (6-2, 215, 4.44) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft has been a known commodity on the Southern California football scene since his sophomore season and his fine play has kept him in the forefront of the area's players ever since.

Smith played banged up as a junior and still earned all-state (underclassman), all-city, and all-league for his gritty performance in 2005.

On the offensive side of the ball, Smith accounted for 639 rushing yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He was also a threat as a receiver catching 26 passes out of the backfield for 399 yards and seven touchdowns.

As a linebacker, Smith racked up 41 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Smith has been a very popular figure and has received a lot of D-I attention this spring.

"I have received a lot of new offers since we spoke last," Smith said. "I kind of narrowed things down some."

"Right now USC, Cal, Penn State, Michigan and Notre Dame are in my top five, but it changes every now and again," Smith said. "All have offered me except Notre Dame."

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