At the recent Nike Combine at East Los Angeles J.C (Calif.) this past Sunday, one of the most impressive performances was turned in by Los Angeles (Calif.) defensive back Travis Smith. Smith, 6-0, 157 pounds has good size for a corner and tested as well as anyone at the event.
Jefferson head coach Doi Johnson has been telling us about Smith for weeks now and after seeing him work out in person, we're almost believers. Obviously what you do on the field is most important and we have yet to see the athlete perform in pads but we'll definitely be watching Smith a whole lot closer now when the season rolls around in September.
Smith had the days best shuttle time at 4.29 and tied for the days fastest 40 running back to back 4.50s. He also jumped 29 inches in the vertical and did 10 reps on the bench.
"I told you he was the real deal," an excited Coach Johnson said following the combine. "You just don't see a lot of 6-0 corners with that kind of speed and explosiveness. He's a big time player and should really blow up this year. it's going to be fun watching him and Austin (Usher) going at it every day in practice, I think they'll really push each other and make each other better."
When word gets out about his strong showing, there's no question Smith's recruitment will pick up dramatically.
"UCLA is my top school right now followed by Arizona State and Oregon State," Smith said. "It's early though and I know a lot could change. I'm just looking forward to proving myself on the field and having a good showing at the Nike Camp in San Diego in April."
Academically, Smith is carrying a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT later in the year.