Hes back: Smith says hes 100 percent

Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge two-star linebacker Marcus Smith is back and he says he’s better than he ever was before, despite a shoulder injury that caused him to miss his entire junior season.
Smith, who is 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, would be considered on of the Midlands’ top linebacker prospects, but my missing his junior season, there are a few questions that he hopes to answer as a senior, proving that he belongs higher in the rankings. And higher on the list of college coaches.
“I’m better than I was before,” he said. “I’m dedicated to being even better than I ever was. I’ve worked hard, and I can’t wait to get out there and hit other people.”
So far things have been going masterfully for him. In a scrimmage against Conroe, Smith recorded 11 tackles and had a few hurries. He hopes to replicate that in the season-opener against Channelview and along the way produce more college attention.
But for now, things are starting to pick up. He said he’s recently received offers from Baylor and Texas Tech and teams like Colorado, Duke, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State and Miami have been sending regular mail.
“I know that more offers are coming,” he said. “But that’s not a worry anymore. I’m focused on getting out there and hitting somebody.”