Assistant coach Steve Broussard recruited Richard Smith to Arizona State and now that Broussard is going to UCLA the three-star wide receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly said he has some thinking to do.
"It's epic right now," Smith said.
"I say that because the coach who recruited me is now going to another school. That's really crazy because it's getting closer to signing day and I had gathered all this information and now it's boom, off to UCLA."
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Smith, who committed to the Sun Devils in early April, said he and the other Long Beach Poly players who are also pledged to Arizona State have talked about the situation and have decided to wait to see how things play out.
The 5-foot-8, 160-pound prospect said Tuesday night he hadn't heard from new UCLA coach Jim L. Mora but he's hoping to see what happens with the Bruins' staff moving forward.
"I wouldn't say that puts pressure on me but it puts the thought in my head that I have to keep my options open and consider other schools," Smith said. "UCLA could be a school. I always liked that school and I have an offer from them.
"My receivers coach going to that school could help me because he knows what kind of athlete I am and he could help me at that school also. They've been quiet so far. I'm pretty sure it will change."
Smith, who finished with 38 receptions for 595 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season, said with UCLA hiring Broussard and former SMU assistant Adrian Klemm to its staff the recruiting landscape could definitely be changing.
"I have a feeling it could change a lot of thoughts about people going to the school," Smith said.
"I'm going to wait. I'm going to see who ASU gets, who they hire on their staff, and then I'll go from there."