QB Smith Exploring His Options
Quarterback Trae Smith
Quarterback Trae Smith
West Field Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2012

FOX Sports NEXT caught up with Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham quarterback Trae Smith to talk his summer schedule, schools of interest, and more...

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham quarterback Trae Smith was out at Pierce College on Saturday, one of many of the tournaments the Patriots have participated in during the spring.

The 6'3", 190 lb. prospect, who has been busy working out and throwing routes on a daily basis, has caught the eye of quite a few programs around the country.

"Recruiting has been pretty good. No offers yet, but I'm hearing from a lot of schools and I'm hoping I pick up an offer pretty soon. Schools like UCLA, USC, UNLV, Iowa State, Portland State, South Dakota, and San Diego State have all been showing a lot of interest," he said.

Smith says a few schools really have his attention.

"USC sticks out a lot, as does Iowa State. I like Portland State and San Diego State a lot right now," he said.

Though his options are wide open, there are a few things that the signal-caller is looking for in both a college and football program.

"I'm hoping for a good program with a good coaching staff that will allow me to be the best that I can be. I'm looking to play as a true freshman. I also want a school with good academics and a team that looks out for the athletes both on and off the field," he said.

As the summer begins, Smith has plans to attend some camps and take in a few college campuses.

"I'm going to the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Las Vegas on June 16th. I'll also be going to the San Diego State on Sunday, as well as possibly going to the UCLA and USC camps. That's pretty much it for now," he said.

He's also going to continue working out with his teammates in preparation for his senior season.

"My arm, speed, and ability to read the defense are probably my greatest strengths as a player. I've been working on my shorter passes. Last year, I went deep a lot and I want to work on the short passes and my feet, stuff like that," he said.

In Smith's opinion, the future looks bright for Birmingham.

"I think we'll probably be returning league champs again, possibly win the city title," he said.

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