October 23, 2006

Four-star narrows things down

Woodland Hills four-star athlete Malcolm Smith (6-2, 200, 4.4) has proved his grit this season. He has played most of the season banged up. Slowly but surely he is getting back to full strength.

A week ago Smith was about 80 percent, but last Friday against Chatsworth he was back to 100 percent and he played liked it rushing for 288 yards. His best performance running the football since the first quarter and a half against Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw when rushed for 72 yards before he suffered his ankle sprain midway in the second quarter.

Though Smith has been banged up he still has rushed for 443 yards and has scored eight touchdowns. He is also making his presence known on defense.

Taft head coach Troy Starr is obviously very pleased to have his star athlete back to full strength.

"I think Malcolm is the best player in the city section when healthy," Starr said. "He was the best player in the City last year, too."

"Malcolm can do so many things and he does them all very well."

Though Smith was hurt it hasn't stopped his recruitment much. Smith has several offers on the table, but he narrowed his college choices down to six. They are UCLA, USC, Arizona, Cal, Notre Dame, Penn State and Michigan.

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