January 3, 2007

Offense-Defense AA Bowl Chat: Malcolm Smith

[rl]Four-star athlete Malcolm Smith stopped by for a chat with Rivals.com users in the recruiting message board Wednesday afternoon live from the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The following is a transcript of the chat:

Congrats on being an All-American Malcolm. If you could discuss the schools that made your final cut. What do you like about them?

Smith: It's Cal, Notre Dame, and Southern California. They're all good academic schools, great football schools, nice places to live and have good opportunities.

Will you announce your school of choice during the game? If not, do you have a date set?

Smith: No I won't. I don't have a date set either.

Malcolm, congrats on being named an AA and playing in this bowl game. I live near Taft and have seen you play a lot in HS and will definitely follow your career at the next level, wherever you end up. How is your relationship with the coaching staff at USC, and who is recruiting you? Also, are you set on playing LB in college or would you consider possibly playing in the secondary or on offense?

Smith: Sarkissian is my recruiter he's just a cool guy. I'm comfortable with the coaching staff. I'm pretty open (on a position).

I am always curious in the recruiting about those athletes who are classified as "athletes" for position purposes. What position do you see yourself playing in college and which position is your favorite to play?

Smith: Right now I'm feeling like safety and sometimes linebacker. I miss scoring touchdowns, so they're basically the same all over.

I see you have USC, ND and Cal as your Top 3 schools. What is it about each those schools that you like the most?

Smith: Already answered.

Since you have a brother who has already been through the recruiting process, what advice has he given you about recruiting?

Smith: He just said take your time, don't feel pressured or let the pressure get to you. It's your decision and your life. Nothing else really matters.

I'm curious about the role your parents have played in the recruiting process and how influential they will be in your final choice?

Smith: They have their opinions but they just want me to see everything. My mom and my dad have different ideas, but they just want the best. Whatever they say isn't going to make a difference.

What has been the most enjoyable part of the recruiting process for you?

Smith: Probably the trips.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? Why?

Smith: My brother. It's because he's my older brother and who else do you look up to?

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