One player flying a bit under the radar but with a strong chance to make some noise next year is Los Angeles (Calif.) Jefferson defensive back Travis Smith. Jefferson head coach Doi Johnson has been telling us about Smith for some time now and the talented corner could be one of the best in the West next season.
Smith, 6-0, 160 pounds attended one of the Nike combines in Los Angeles last January and clocked a 4.50 in the 40 and a 4.29 in the shuttle. At the NorCal Nike camp, Smith didn't test quite as well as he was running a rain soaked field but still managed a 4.61 in the 40 and did very well in the position and one on one drills.
"He has to be one of the top cornerbacks in the West this year," Johnson said. "I'm telling you, this kid is really good. He has done great in passing league this spring and has already qualified. He's just a really good player and definitely deserves more hype than he's getting."
One school that's not sleeping on Smith is Arizona State and they have already offered a scholarship.
"ASU is it right now as far as offers but he's hearing from the whole Pac 10 and that's where he wants to play," Johnson said. "Arizona, UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State are others I know he likes."