Brett Smith | #16 Quarterback, Junior | West Salem (Salem, Ore.)
Brett Smith, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder at West Salem, is one of the top junior quarterbacks in the nation. He was an ESPN RISE Magazine Preseason All-Oregon Player to Watch and bounced back from an injury this fall to lead West Salem to an 8-1 record heading into the postseason. A standout at last summer's Nike Camp at Stanford and Elite 11 regional camps at Georgia and Cal, Smith will periodically check in with ESPNRISE.com to discuss his season and the recruiting process.
Our season ended last Friday night with a 21-7 defeat at the hands of the No. 2-ranked Jesuit (Beaverton, Ore.) Crusaders at PGE Park. It was a bitter end to an otherwise great season for our team. We have to remember that we were picked to place third in our league, and to have finished third in the state is really a great year and accomplishment for all of the hard work that we put in. If we would have made some plays here and there, the game could have had a different outcome. It still hurts and will continue to hurt for a while with the realization that I will never play with our guys like our senior offensive lineman, Trent, the Kryskallas' and Jacob again. Cole, Chase, Ricardo and Phil were so awesome this year and exceeded all expectations. It will be tough to fill the hole left by Sal, and I think he deserves to be a state of Oregon Player of the Year candidate. I will miss this group of seniors very much. They worked so hard and set such a great example for our underclassman, but I will never forget being in the battle with them. It will be great to gather with these guys years from now and remember all of the great times we had as Titans this year. That is a very special thing for us because no matter what happens, we will always be brothers in the Titan family!
For the next month, I will be focused on getting ready for the US Army Combine in January. It will be great to finally have a chance to throw side by side with some of these higher profile guys from the South, and I am really looking forward to it. It will be great to watch the college season wind down and follow some of the teams that are recruiting me during the bowl season (Oregon, Nebraska, Alabama, Cincinnati, Utah, Northwestern, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, Clemson, Boise State, and Oregon State). I am looking forward to the recruiting process and being able to really begin my examination of colleges. It is my hope to commit and to know what school I will be attending prior to starting my senior year. My parents keep telling me to enjoy the process and journey, because it will go fast! It already has and I can't believe that I will only have one year of high school football left. It will be up to us to make sure and work harder in the off-season to make sure that we return to Portland a year from now and have a different outcome so that we can prove that we are the best 6A high school team in the state. I will be focused on that goal and will be doing everything I can to make that happen in 2010!