Notre Dame’s wide receiving unit received a boost today by the arrival of graduate transfer Cameron Smith from Arizona State. Smith played for Notre Dame receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander, who was the receivers coach at Arizona State from 2011 to 2016.
Smith caught 60 passes for 908 yards during his Arizona State career, with his sophomore season being his best. In that season Smith hauled in 41 passes for 596 yards and six touchdowns, including a 43-yard touchdown reception against Notre Dame.
The 6-0, 203-pound receiver had a career high 131 yards receiving and two scores against Washington State in 2014. He caught a career-high eight passes for 95 yards and a score against UCLA and caught three passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in a 38-34 win over USC that same season.
Smith signed with Arizona State out of Coppell (Texas) High School, earning offers from the Sun Devils, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Houston. As a senior for Coppell, Smith hauled in 59 passes for 1,071 yards and 15 touchdowns.
He caught eight passes for 129 yards as a true freshman in 2013.
After a breakout sophomore season Smith has struggled to stay on the field, battling knee injuries. A knee injury cost him the entire 2015 season, which is why Smith still has a season of eligibility remaining. He returned this past season but played just eight games for the Sun Devils.
Smith will compete for playing time on the outside at Notre Dame, assuming he can return to form. His familiarity with Alexander – and more importantly offensive coordinator Chip Long’s system – should allow Smith to make a smooth transition into the receiver rotation.
Notre Dame has been looking to add more speed to the receiving corps, which is why the Irish also added Michigan grad transfer Freddy Canteen in February. Smith and Canteen will both arrive at Notre Dame this summer. Arizona State reported in Smith’s official bio that he ran a 4.4 in the forty-yard dash.
The 2017 season will be Smith's last season of eligibility.