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.
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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."
"UCLA has just offered me, too," Smith said. "They are a Pac 10 team so I can't count them out just yet."
"I'm not going to rush any thing," Smith said. "I'm still very open."
"Most of the schools that are recruiting me say it is my choice if I play running back or linebacker," Smith said. "Penn State is recruiting me more as a running back."
""I want to play for a school that is competitive," Smith said. "Good academics are also going to be a strong consideration as is a school that has a comfortable environment for their students and athletes."
Smith has outstanding bloodlines and his brother is starting USC wide receiver Steve Smith.
"Steve doesn't care where I go to school," Smith said. "He just wants me to play for the team that is the best fit for me."