Former Texas receiver Jake Smith transfers to USC

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HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 14: Jake Smith #16 of the Texas Longhorns runs for a touchdown after a reception in the first half defended by Prudy Calderon #4 of the Rice Owls and Isaiah Richardson #23 at NRG Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former Texas receiver Jake Smith has officially left the program and will transfer to USC, he tweeted out on Tuesday.

He joins a long list of former Longhorns that have ended up in Los Angeles. In all, the Trojans have eight players and coaches with ties to Texas, including Keaontay Ingram, Xavion Alford, Malcolm Epps, Todd Orlando and Craig Naivar.

Smith entered the transfer portal last month. The junior from Scottsdale, Arizona played 20 games in his career for the Longhorns. He tallied 23 catches, 294 yards and three touchdowns in the seven games during the 2020 season. He was the Longhorns’ third leading receiver in all three of those categories last season.

Because of new NCAA rules, Smith will be able to play immediately wherever he decides to continue his career. In April, the NCAA allowed any student-athlete to transfer schools one time without penalty.

The Scottsdale, Arizona, native had a history of injuries during his time on the 40 Acres. Most recently, he broke his foot on the first day of spring, causing him to miss the rest of practice. He was cleared to start summer workouts with the team, and he had presumably been doing so before looking for a new school.

In 2020, he only played in seven games, including missing the first two of the season due to a hamstring injury.

In high school, he won the National Gatorade Player of the Year award in 2018 while attending Notre Dame Prep in Arizona.

As for Texas, Smith’s departure will hurt a wide receiver room that has talent, but is often dealing with durability issues. Junior Joshua Moore will be a top target once again after leading the team in all receiving categories.

Sophomore Jordan Whittington will also look to make a bigger impact this year as he will be working out of the same area that Smith did last season.

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