Richard Smith saw his senior season come to a close Friday night with a loss to Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita and then later in the weekend it became clear that Arizona State was going to make a coaching change.
Smith, a three-star wide receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly who committed to the Sun Devils in early April, said he's sticking with his commitment to Arizona State but plans to take other visits.
There have been a lot changing for Smith in recent days and he wants to let it all soak in at this point.
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"I was notified about it and I'm aware of everything that's going on," Smith said of the ASU situation. "It doesn't change how I feel. The school is still great and that's not going to change. I wish he would've stayed a couple years longer but I'll see who the coach is and go from there.
"I already heard about it so I'll wait to see what happens in the next couple days."
The 5-foot-8, 160-pound prospect said he's not sure what will happen going forward especially because this is the first time Smith had to deal with something like this.
There will be an ongoing coaching search to replace coach Dennis Erickson and it's something Smith will watch closely.
"I'm not for sure yet what's going to happen," Smith said. "I can't really say right now. I have to wait to see what happens. I haven't been in that position before so I can't say what I'm going to do.
"Schools are still recruiting me a lot. There's nothing really new. It's been the same schools looking at me."
Rated No. 59 at wide receiver in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, Smith said he's looking to take official visits and now that his senior season is finished he'll have some time. Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Boise State are all possibilities.
"I'm looking at other visits for sure," Smith said.