Colton, Calif., high school has a lot of star power out of the class of 2006. There has been much written on five star linebacker Allen Bradford and four-star cornerback Shareece Wright, but three-star cornerback/wide receiver Jimmy Smith (6-2 ½, 190, 4.6) is a talent in his own right.
Smith brings a lot to the table. Corners that are big, physical and can run are always on a premium. The versatile Smith could also play safety on the D-I level.
One of the things that Smith did best from his cornerback position is his run support.
If Smith ends up as a safety, they will be getting a player who is just as good in pass coverage as he is against the run.
As a junior, Smith accounted for 98 tackles, 10 pass breakups and one pick. He returned his pick back for a touchdown. Smith earned all-league honors for his efforts.
Smith also played some wide receiver for Colton catching 15 receptions for 311 yards and three receiving touchdowns.
Smith attended both the Arizona and USC camps this summer. He must have done something good at both camps because both schools have been sending him letters ever since.
"I did pretty well at USC's camp," Smith said. "I only had one ball caught on all camp."
Smith proved at both camps that he is a very competitive player who loves a challenge.
Besides USC and Arizona; Boise State, Nevada, Fresno State, Colorado State, Arizona State, Washington State, UCLA and LSU are showing Smith some recruiting interest.
Boise State is ahead of the recruiting curve as the Broncos are the first school on the table with an offer.
"I haven't decided on any visits," Smith said. "But I will probably set one to Boise State."
It is interesting to note, Smith has a brother who currently plays for Idaho State.
Smith also puts forth the effort in the weight room. His bench is 265, squats 405 and cleans 225. At NIKE he recorded a 33-inch vertical, ran the shuttle in 4.1 and benched 185-pounds, 17 times.