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Mr. Versatility lands two offers

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Jack-of-all-trades standout, Derron Smith (5-11, 165, 4.6) from Banning, Calif., is beginning to heat up on the recruiting trail as he recently landed his first two offers and is getting serious from several other schools.
San Diego State was ahead of the class as the Aztecs were the first school to pull the trigger.
"Coach Rocky Long emailed and asked me to call him," Smith said. "We talked about my tape and he wanted me to come down to spring practice."
"Then Coach Long sent me another email asking me to call him again and he said that he had great news," Smith said. "He told me he was able to get the head coach (Brady Hoke) to look at the tape and he gave Coach Long the okay to offer me."
"I was shocked," Smith said. "I didn't know what to say, both of my parents were really excited for me."
It was almost déjà vu for Smith because the very next it happened all over again.
"I received an email from UNLV coach Andre Patterson that said UNLV was impressed with my film and that they were going to offer," Smith said. "I called him right away and UNLV offered me over the phone. I was pretty excited to get my second offer from UNLV."
Smith is also getting recruiting interest from plenty of other schools.
"I was at UCLA's junior day on March 5th and I'll be back for their spring game on April 25th," Smith said. "Nebraska just invited me to their spring game on April 18th, but I have the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles on the 19th so I won't be able to attend."
Other schools that are showing interest in Smith are ASU, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, Washington, and Utah. He is scheduled to take in a junior day at Cal.
There is a pretty good reason why Smith is beginning to heat up. He's an outstanding all around athlete who has tremendous versatility.
Smith didn't limit himself to only being a two-way player. He also stands out on special teams as he is his team's punter, kicker and return man.
From his quarterback position, Smith passed for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. He rushed for 1,094 more yards and eight rushing touchdowns.
On defense he was just as good, racking up 87 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions, one of his picks he returned 87 yards for another touchdown and two forced fumbles.
Just that alone is a pretty impressive day at the offense, but his workload isn't over.
As a special teams player, Smith had 348 return yards and as a placekicker hit on 13 of 17 PATs. He even averaged 35.7 yards per punt.
Smith's junior season performance saw him earn League Defensive MVP, all-CIF, second-team all-State and all-area (HM) as a junior.
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