Scouting Report: Cameron Smith, ILB, USC

Roseville, CA | 6011 | 245 | 4.68E | 2019

Smart, tough, athletic backer who relies upon his read and react instincts to get the job done. Possesses tremendous vision and is known to be highly competitive. Shows up every week with maximum effort—a lunch bucket guy. Shows a true nose for the football and demonstrates active hands. Has some background intangibles that only helped to strengthen his game along the way, having started at quarterback and starred in wrestling while in high school. When the Trojans switched defensive coordinators from Justin Wilcox to Clancy Pendergast, they also switched schemes from a 3-4 base to a 5-2 look, which resulted in him playing more inside and being responsible for a gap or a zone, as opposed to roaming sideline-to-sideline. He tore his ACL during the tenth game of his freshman season, an injury he says was present since his freshman year of high school. He returned to action in time for the start of his sophomore campaign and started every game. He missed some action during the Spring of 2017 due to a stiff neck. His biggest knock will be his speed; he may not test well but he knows angles and is a pure football player.


2016: Smith, coming off an eye-opening first-year performance in 2015, returned as a starting inside linebacker as a sophomore in 2016. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games, he had a team-best 83 tackles, including 7 for losses of 24 yards (with a 6-yard sack), plus 4 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble and he returned an onside kick 7 yards. He was limited in 2016 spring practice while recovering from 2015 knee surgery, as well as rehabbing a shoulder sprain.

2015: Smith, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2015 after graduating a semester early from high school, started at inside linebacker as a first-year freshman in 2015 until suffering a late-season knee injury. Overall in 2015 while appearing in USC’s first 10 games (and starting all but California), he had 78 tackles, including a 9-yard sack, plus 3 deflections, a fumble recovery and 3 interceptions (1 for a TD). He tore knee ligaments against Colorado and had season-ending surgery.

High School: He made 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, USA Today All-California, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Max Preps All-Northern California first team, Max Preps All-Sac-Joaquin first team and Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team as a senior linebacker at Granite Bay (Calif.) High. He had 148 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions (2 for TDs) in 2014.

Personal: He is a communication major at USC. He played youth football against eighth graders when he was in fourth grade.

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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