Sports Illustrated released a list of the top 100 college football players heading into the 2018 season and USC linebacker Cameron Smith made the list, coming in at No. 16.
Smith, a senior, has been an impact player for the Trojans since his freshman season. In all, he has 273 tackles, including 19 for losses, plus 10 deflections, 3 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions and 2.5 sacks in his career. He has appeared in 37 games in his career, with 35 starts.
Here is what Sports Illustrated wrote about Smith:
Smith has increased his production in each of his three seasons since arriving in Los Angeles as a four-star recruit out of Granite Bay (Calif.) High in the class of 2015. Among Pac-12 players last season, he trailed only Arizona State’s Christian Sam (127) with 112 tackles, and he also recorded 11 tackles for loss. This season Smith’s commanding presence in the middle of USC’s defense will shore up a unit that loses two draft picks from its defensive line in senior Uchenna Nwosu (second round) and junior Rasheem Green (third round), but nonetheless has enough pieces returning to help the Trojans reach the conference title game for the third time in four seasons.