There is another reason other than wide receiver Austin Usher (6-4, 200, 4.4) for college coaches to visit Los Angeles (Calif.) Jefferson this fall. Defensive back Travis Smith (6-0, 160, 4.5) has received his first offer. Several more offers are expected.
Smith was selected all-league as a cover corner in 2003. He also saw some action as a wide receiver during his junior season and more time at that position is expected in the fall of 2004.
Smith doesn’t care if the team he eventually signs with is rated number one, but he wants to play for team that wants to improve no matter where they are on the food chain.
“I want to attend a school that is focused at becoming a better football team week after week,” Smith said. “You can be rated number one and still want to get better.”
Smith has outstanding work habits on and off the field and he sets his goals high. “I want to be the best corner in the state,” Smith said.
“We have seen Travis go from a non-starter as a sophomore,” Jefferson coach Doi Johnson said. “To who we feel will be the number one corner in the city section in 2004.”
Smith has gone to camps at USC, UCLA, the NIKE Camp held in San Diego and the adidas camp that was held at UCLA.
Smith gets to go up against one of the best wide receivers everyday in practice in Usher.
“It is a huge advantage to go up against Austin,” Smith said. “It helps me during games. No one I face is as good as Austin.”
This lockdown cover corner received his first offer from Arizona State and he’s getting steady recruiting action from UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona and San Diego State. He received phone calls this past May from Washington, ASU, UCLA, Idaho State and Nevada.
Smith is very open regarding school choice at this time.
Jefferson coach Doi Johnson thinks he has a sleeper who is going to open up a lot of eyes in 2004 in cornerback/wide receiver/running back Montel Morris (6-0, 165, 4.58).
Morris is an outstanding athlete who finished fifth in the Los Angeles City Section high jump competition with a 6’5” jump.
What makes this feat so impressive is Smith never attempted to high jump before. What does that tell you about Smith’s overall athleticism?
Morris played behind the Coliseum League Player of the Year in San Jose State bound Travis Lee.
“People will be coming to see Montel,” Johnson said. “I can assure you about that.”