Athlete Reggie Smith (6-1, 195, 4.43) from Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe is going to come west and camp at both UCLA and USC next month according to Santa Fe head coach Dan Cocannouer. This is good news for Bruin and Trojan fans. Smith was named the State of Oklahoma’s Offensive Player of the Year as a junior.
According to Cocannouer, Smith was the first underclassmen since the 1980’s to earn offensive POY.
Interesting enough though most schools that are recruiting him like him as a defensive back.
Smith has the talent to play running back, wide receiver, cornerback or safety. Samplings of the offers that Smith is receiving are UCLA, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, and Notre Dame.
Oklahoma State and Nebraska like him as a wide receiver while most of the rest are recruiting him as a defensive player.
On the offensive side of the ball, Smith rushed for 963 yards while averaging 8.3 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns on the ground.
Smith also an outstanding receiver, he caught 32 passes for 491 yards and scored nine more touchdowns through the air. This stellar athlete is also returned two punts back to the house for scores.
On the defensive side of the ball playing free safety, Smith racked up 78 tackles and picked off nine passes. He has 23 interceptions for his career. He is also the team’s punter and averaged 34 yards per punt.
“Reggie is just tremendous,” Santa Fe head coach said. “He has started every game for us since his freshman year.”
“Reggie has played in 38 high school football games and has stared all 38,” Cocannouer said. “He’s very humble. You would never know he’s getting all this attention.”
“Reggie works hard and has leadership qualities,” Cocannouer said. “All the other kids follow his lead and are working hard.”
“Because Reggie is so sought after, he’s going to help out his teammates,” Cocannouer said. “He’s going to help some of his teammates get scholarships because colleges will come to see him and end up taking someone else.”
“Reggie is such a great athlete,” Cocannouer said. “He plays basketball and participates in track, but it is football that is in his future.”
“Reggie has great football sense and savvy,” Cocannouer said. “We can tell him our opposition’s tendencies during the week and he will remember and apply it in games.”
“Many guys are faster in shorts,” Cocannouer said. “Reggie doesn’t lose a step in pads.”
Smith will attend seven football camps this summer. What does that tell you of his work ethic?
Smith is very open at this time due to all the many options that are available to him.
Smith will begin to narrow it down to 10 or 11 schools by the end of this week.
“We hope to get his college choices down to six by July,” Cocannouer said.