USC Football Recruiting: Four-star WR Jake Smith names Top 2

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Four-star wide receiver Jake Smith narrowed his college choices down to just two, listing USC football in the final battle for his signature.

It’s a two-horse race for Jake Smith. Or rather, a one-horse, one-cow race.

The four-star receiver out of Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale, Arizona named USC and Texas as his Top 2 schools on Monday evening, pitting the Trojans and Longhorns against each other off the football field.

“Thank you to every Coach that has recruited/offered me. You have all made my dreams come true,” Smith wrote on Twitter.

Smith ranks just outside the Top 100 in the 247Sports composite, sitting at 105th nationally while slotting second among prospects from Arizona for 2019. He ranks 19th among wide receivers in the class.

Standing 6-foot-1, 189 pounds, he fits the profile of receiver USC has targeted on the outside in recent years, with length and athleticism. He also has production, catching 33 passes for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 1,135 yards on 118 carries on the ground.

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Predictions for Smith’s ultimate destination appear fairy split, with USC holding a slight edge in the 247Sports Crystal Ball.

The Trojans could use his services, though it might not seem that way on first glance. What at one point seemed like an overloaded wide receiver group has been thinned out by the departure of Jalen Greene and the indefinite suspension of Joseph Lewis. Though USC is set with Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman this year, by next year both of those players could be prepping for the NFL.

The addition of Amon-Ra St. Brown and Devon Williams in 2018 and the current commitment of three-star receiver Munir McClain should bolster the group, but USC will still be on the lookout for more reinforcements. Smith could be one of them.

If not Smith, the Trojans are also in the mix for Orange Lutheran’s Kyle Ford, Folsom’s Joe Ngata and Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy.