April 8, 2012
Smith dominates again
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Another weekend and another dominating camp performance from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers linebacker Jaylon Smith. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect was arguably the top performer at Saturday's Adidas Invitational, held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Smith impressed at both linebacker and cornerback throughout the day and cemented his status as one of the nation's elite prospects.
"I was really just going out there and competing," said Smith. "I'm a five-star recruit so I try to just go out to places and prove that and prove that I'm nothing less than that. It was a good experience, just getting my guys a lot of exposure and we were out there as a team just ballin'."
With offers from nearly every major program in the country as well as his lofty ranking in the Rivals100, Smith is certainly not a player that needs to come to camp to prove himself but his competitive nature simply won't allow him to stay at home during the off-season.
"It's something where I'm to the point where I don't have to do it but I do it because I love the game," he said. "We're a team and we're a family here so it's more than just about football. It's about developing everybody's character and preparing ourselves for life."
Smith went through drills with the linebackers, his natural position, but when the time came from one-on-one's, Smith decided to challenge himself and play cornerback. That personal challenge was passed with flying colors as Smith locked down receivers all afternoon and recorded a few interceptions.
"I don't want any doubters," he laughed. "I can play corner too as far as one-on-one's and things like that. My knowledge of the game is improving and I want to show everybody that."
Smith was an interested observer at Ohio State's practice last Saturday and noted a higher energy level than what he had previously seen out of the Ohio State football program.
"It was good, it was very intense," he said. "With Urban Meyer just getting everything going up there."
At the moment, Smith doesn't appear to be close to a college decision and he is continuing to research all interested parties.
"I'm just making visits and trying to see who beats the other opponent and talking to coaches and seeing who's lying and who's real," he said. "I'm just trying to figure things like that out and keep my academics up so I'll be eligible. I'm still on honor roll so I'm just trying to keep that up."
Though not publicly claiming any favorites, Smith did mention four programs that he believes are recruiting him the hardest at this time.
"I'm just keeping my options open and evaluating all of the schools," he said. "Probably Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, USC are recruiting me the hardest."
Smith added that he will be at the Indiana spring game next weekend.
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