One of the best two-way players in Southern California for the class of 2007 is running back/linebacker Malcolm Smith (6-2, 215, 4.44) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft.
Smith played banged up as a junior and still earned all-state (underclassman), all-city, and all-league for his gritty performance in 2005.
On the offensive side of the ball, Smith accounted for 639 rushing yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He was also a threat as a receiver catching 26 passes out of the backfield for 399 yards and seven touchdowns.
As a linebacker, Smith racked up 41 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.
"I'm getting recruited at both linebacker and running back," Smith said. "All the schools that are recruiting me say what position I play is my choice. I don't have a preference for either side of the football I play on."
It has been a busy week on the Taft campus as Fresno State, Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Washington, Washington State and UCLA have come the school.
USC came earlier during the spring.
Smith currently has offers on the table from Cal, USC, Washington, Ole Miss and Utah.
Smith lists USC, Cal, Washington, Notre Dame and LSU as early leaders.
Smith has outstanding bloodlines and think that he will end up at USC since his brother is starting wide receiver Steve Smith.
"Steve doesn't care where I go to school," Smith said. "He just wants me to play for the team that is the best fit for me."
"I don't think I will make my decision too soon," Smith said. "I think it will be later in the year. I will probably take all my official visits before making my decision."
"I want to go to a winning program or a program on the rise," Smith said. "Also getting a good education will be a consideration."
"I don't really have a favorite school," Smith said. "It changes weekly."
Smith is the type of player who will get an abundance of offer and because so he will have many options before it is all said and done so his list of favorite schools are subject to change.