Nation's No. 1 Safety? Receiver?
Juju Smith
Juju Smith
Director of Scouting
Posted Mar 7, 2013
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John "JuJu" Smith, from Long Beach Poly High School in California, was just named the No. 1 safety prospect in the nation. An outstanding athlete, Smith could be a 5-Star wide receiver as well.

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It's eerie how much Juju Smith (6'1/185) resembles Heisman Trophy candidate Marqise Lee of USC at the same stage of their careers. Both are spectacular athletes who shine on both sides of the ball, Smith for Long Beach Poly, and Lee for nearby Serra before moving on to USC.

Smith, like Lee, is a long, lean athlete who has strength that goes beyond what one would expect from his frame. He's an instinctive player who reads the game well from his safety position and can change the game from his wide receiver position.

Like Lee, Smith is currently rated as a safety by FOX Sports Next, and like Lee, Smith could star at wide receiver on the next level. At the same stage of their careers Lee was further ahead as a defensive player who took his receiving skills to another level once he got to USC. Smith might be just a shade behind Lee athletically, but is arguably the more instinctive playmaker at the same stage.

Smith the rated 5-Stars and is the No. 1 safety prospect in the country. He helped lead his team to the Pac-5 Championship in December, and here is a look at him as he played a big part in Poly's win over Mater Dei.

Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.

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