NEW ORLEANS - One of the most impressive emerging stars at the Oxford NIKE camp was New Orleans (La.) John F. Kennedy wide receiver Courtney Smith. He put up amazing numbers and is hearing from host of schools, yet has still to pick up his first offer. What gives?
"My film is not out there," Smith said. "Nobody has it. "We run the ball almost all of the time so I didn't get a lot of passes thrown at me. My coach has not really send out film to anybody or anything yet either. I'm hoping to be able to send out some of my game tape from the first few games this year."
The 6-foot-4, 192-pound Smith attended the NIKE camp in Oxford where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, ran the shuttle in 4.37 seconds and posted a 25-inch vertical jump.
"I do not have any offers, but I'm getting interest from Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Louisville, Southern Miss and Ole Miss," Smith said. "I know LSU has called my coach and so have some other schools. All schools want to see a tape of me before they offer me or anything."
Smith is ranked as the No. 20 player in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com.
"I really like Ole Miss and Southern Miss a lot," Smith said. "I'm interested in everybody that is recruiting me, but I really like those two. Ole Miss loves their players and they treat them with respect and they really take care of them up there."
Since Smith's catches were limited as a junior and he's had issues showing the world what he can do on film, he knew he had to make a name for himself at the NIKE camp.
"I went out there and did my thing to get noticed," Smith said. "I did what I had to do. I try to pattern my game on the field after Terrell Owens. Not he off the field stuff, just my game. I'm a big, physical receiver and I'm bigger than all of the cornerbacks that try to cover me."