Athlete prospect Malcolm Smith (6-2, 216, 4.4) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft had a very tough decision to make between three outstanding schools; USC, Cal and Notre Dame.
"I chose USC because there is a good balance between athletics and academics," Smith said. "When I put all the pieces together, USC was the place I wanted to be. We have a great class this year and we had a great class the year before.
"I want major in engineering and academics are very important to me," Smith said. "Getting an education is what college is all about."
"It was a tough decision," Smith said. "The toughest part was making the phone calls to Notre Dame and Cal."
"I feel good now that the decision has been made," Smith said. "It is definitely a relief."
USC lands truly one of the west's best and most versatile players in Smith. He can play a number of positions but the Trojans recruited him to play weakside linebacker.
Smith only played seven games his senior season due to a high ankle sprain suffered against Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw earlier in the season still he ended up with an impressive season statistically.
In his seven games, Smith rushed for 745 yards and 13 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 31 tackles and four tackles.
Smith is rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 6 athlete prospect for the class of 2007 and he was selected to the Rivals.com California top 100 team landing as the Golden State's No. 12 prospect at any position.