Marcus Smith was a name to know going into 2002. The 6-foot-1 230 pound outside linebacker from Conroe, Texas was on the short list of players to watch, but then there was some bad luck. Smith separated his shoulder in practice and had to sit out the entire year.
Now, Smith is a sleeper, but a sleeper with some scholarship offers.
“I have offers from Texas A&M (oral) and Baylor,” Smith said. “I still like the Aggies a whole bunch. It is really the only school that I have seen so far. I have been up there several times, and I like everything about it.”
But the Aggies and the Bears aren’t the only suitors.
“Other schools that really stand out to me are LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Colorado, Duke and Baylor,” he said. “Really, I am wide open to any school that is interested in me.”
Smith was a hitting machine as a sophomore. He was named first team all-district at his rush linebacker position. Now, Smith is trying to decide where he would prefer lining up to bring the wood.
“I just like to hit people,” he said. “That is what I enjoy most about defense.
“Next season, I will line up at rush linebacker most of the time, but I will also play some MIKE. If they put me in the middle, other teams can’t game plan to run away from me.”
But he’s not sure what position best suits his skills.
“I don’t know which position I like better,” Smith said. “At outside linebacker, I get to sack the quarterback, and I like that, but I never get a clean shot on them. At MIKE, I get to have a full on shot on the opposition, and that is what I really love.”
Smith reports that he will not take part in any camps over the course of the summer.
His only “visit” of the summer was a trip with his team to the seven-on-seven tournament in College Station. Smith says that he didn’t get much time to look around on his visit.