Mater Dei linebacker Jed Smith was the Orange County football defensive player of the year for the 2015 season.
That likely will be the last football award of any type he will receive.
Smith’s football days almost certainly are over, today’s national letter of intent signing day proved – Smith signed with Army for wrestling.
He has been ranked No. 1 in Orange County wrestling at 182 pounds. Smith, 5-foot-9, medaled in the CIF State Meet last year.
Is he tempted to try out for the football team at West Point?
“No,” said Smith on Wednesday at Mater Dei’s letter of intent signing event at the school’s Meruelo Events Center. “I’m just going to focus on wrestling.”
West Point long has been a goal for Smith.
“I’m extremely excited,” he said. “This has been a dream of mince since fourth grade. I’ve always thought it would be right place for me.”
Santa Ana 14, Rancho Christian 52 - 01:01 4th QT - Completed
Calabasas 35, Capistrano Valley 14 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
St. John Bosco 21, Mater Dei 14 - 00:33 2nd QT - Completed
Edison 44, La Mirada 24 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
Burbank 21, Yorba Linda 31 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
El Modena 2, Orange Lutheran 2 - 45:00 2nd Half - Completed
Eisenhower 28, Mater Dei 93 - 02:00 4th QT - Completed
Santa Fe 65, Foothill 53 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
Valencia/Valencia 35, San Clemente 41 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
El Modena 21, Yorba Linda 28 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
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