New Orleans John F. Kennedy receiver Courtney Smith was one of the most impressive players at the Oxford NIKE Training Camp. At the camp, the 6-foot-4, 192-pounder out-leaped, out performed and did everything you want from a big-time receiver prospects. That performance and a solid junior campaign was enough to land him a spot as the No. 33 player in the Rivals.com preseason Louisiana state rankings.
"I'm not satisfied with that," Smith, who has a 40-yard dash time of 4.62 seconds, said.
"I'm just trying to get better in everything I do. I'm up here with my cousin at Mississippi Valley College, and we're working out every day.
"We're running routes, working on my speed and working on my strength. I'm doing everything, and my cousin is a player here, so he's helping me lean how to get better."
Smith, who does have a 305-pound bench-press, has scored a 20 on his ACT, but he said he still needs to improve his core grade-point average to 2.9 to qualify. Only having half of the qualifying standards might be something that has kept some of the school from offering.
In May, he did get calls from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Grambling, Southern, UCLA, Louisiana Tech and several others he couldn't remember. He is expected to attend the Southern Miss camp on July 16. He's using the lack of offers at this point as motivation both on the field and in the class room.
"I'm hoping to prove everybody wrong," he said. "I've dedicated myself to getting and offer and making sure that I pass my classes first. My first goal is to pass my classes, graduate and win."
Somebody in the end is going to look hard at Smith and steal away a very good player.