• USC captain as a junior and senior, earning team MVP as a senior.
• Started 9 games as a true freshman and was on pace to be 1st true freshman to lead USC in tackles since records were kept in 1954 before injury cut season short after 10 games.
OFF THE FIELD Earned degree in communications in May 2018...Grandfather, Bob Lakata, played basketball at Duke in 1955-58...Did an internship at California’s Melville Winery in summer of 2017...Avid outdoorsman, enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time...Interested in outdoors guiding as a career after football...Grandfather served in the Army...His selection in the Draft was read on NFL Network by 99-year old Minnesota media icon Sid Hartman.
PRO The 4th Pac 12 linebacker the Vikings have drafted in the past 6 drafts- joining Anthony Barr (2014), Eric Kendricks (2015), Devante Downs (2018)...Selected in the 5th Round (#162 overall)...The 1st USC LB drafted by the Vikings since Dennis Johnson in 1980 (4th round)...The last USC player selected by the Vikings is Everson Griffen in 2010 (4th round).
Smith: I'm An Instinctual Player That Loves Football
One of the newest Vikings, USC LB Cameron Smith, FaceTimed in to TCO Studios on Saturday afternoon to chat with vikings.com's Mike Wobschall about becoming a Viking, joining a UCLA-heavy linebacker room, being a two-time team captain and more.