It's rare when a top receiver figures to catch fewer passes and rack up less
yards when he makes the jump from the run-oriented high school game to the
wide-open world of college level.
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But that will likely be the case with Warren (Ark.) star
Smith, the owner of perhaps the most gaudy prep receiving statistics in
As a junior, Smith caught 103 passes for 1,889 yards and 23 touchdowns in
leading the Warren Lumberjacks to the Class 3A state championship. He's closing
in on the 2,500-yard mark for his career while establishing himself as one of
the top prospects in the nation.
"Really, I'd be happy catching one pass a game if it was a big one that
helped us win," Smith said. "I'm more about the wins than the stats."
Ironically, he may not catch one pass this coming year. His team-first
attitude will be evident if Smith makes the move to quarterback to replace a
"I'm actually excited about that," he said. "People know what I can do at
wide receiver. This is another way I can help the team win."
But it's his future at wideout that have college scouts drooling. Nearly
every top program in the nation has shown interest in Smith, but he's narrowed
his list down to three favorites.
"Right now, it's Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida," he said. "I don't really
have a leader or anything. They're all equal to me.
"They all play in the best conference, they all have great offenses that
would suit me, and they're always on TV. Plus, I know no matter who I choose,
I'm going to get a good education."
Smith has also expressed an interest in playing both football and basketball.
He says he may not attend a football camp this summer due to playing with his
AAU basketball team.