One of the most impressive looking players at USC's Rising Stars Camp in late June was no doubt class of 2008 defensive tackle Dak Smith (6-8, 335, 5.2) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. He was moving around pretty good for a very big young man.
Smith played defensive tackle and he was extremely hard to handle. He was surprisingly flexible and was able to get underneath his opponent. He was able to out quick many during the one on one drill.
The scouting report on Smith is he has a never say die attitude. You won't be finding him quitting on a play or himself. He has outstanding character on and off the field.
In the weight room, Smith currently benches 305, he squats 475, power cleans 225 and has recorded a 26-inch vertical. Smith is just as impressive in the classroom as he is on the gridiron as he carries a perfect 4.0 GPA.
With players who possess the intangibles that Smith has it isn't surprising that he is already garnering attention from major D-I schools.
Besides USC, he is also getting recruiting attention from cross town rival UCLA. Other such schools as Arizona, Ohio State and Hawai'i, join the two Los Angeles area schools that are already dialed in on Smith.
Though it is early in Smith's recruiting process, he has been thinking a little bit about college.
"I would like to stay home," Smith said. "I don't want to go all way across the country."
"I will be looking for a school that is just as strong academically as well athletically," Smith said. "A good balance in both will also be a consideration."
Does Smith have an early favorite?
"USC has always been my favorite," Smith said. "My dad was a member of the original Wild Bunch."
Obviously Smith has tremendous football bloodlines. His dad is Tody Smith who besides being a standout for USC, played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers and the Buffalo Bills. His uncle is Bubba Smith the standout Michigan State Spartan and NFL great with the Baltimore Colts.