Bear (Del.) Hodgson Tech linebacker Derrell Smith still holds one offer from Delaware, although the prospect just took in a camp at Maryland recently and felt good about his efforts.
"The trip to Maryland was really good, I liked it a lot and I did well," he said. "I loved it and it was very nice. The campus, facilities, coaches and environment were great and they offer my major. Academics come first and sports are second and they really check up on the players to see that they are doing well in class. I like their school the most because they are close to home and if they were to offer, I would most likely go there."
The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder with impressive 4.62-second speed went on to discuss the offer from Delaware.
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"I visited the school and met the president, head coach and all the coaches," he mentioned. "It's a very good program and they won the championship last year."
Besides Maryland and Delaware, other schools at the top of Smith's list include Boston College, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Duke and Stanford.
"Boston College, Syracuse and Wisconsin have mentioned offering," he stated. "Syracuse and Boston College just wanted to see me in person and meet the head coach and they would probably offer me. I know the White brothers coach at Syracuse and Wisconsin, so if Syracuse offers Wisconsin will probably will too. Stanford has also sent a whole lot of handwritten letters.
"I've heard that Duke has a good engineering program and I want to see their campus because I think they'll be good in a couple of years. The academics at Duke and Stanford are a big draw; my mom especially wants me to get my education first."
The linebacker had planned to visit Duke, Syracuse and Boston College for camp, but he missed the trips because he had to get his appendix out.
Currently, Smith has no idea when a decision will come.
"I'll probably make a decision when I get more offers," he said. "It could potentially be anytime, but again if Maryland offered I'd probably take it."
The all-state prospect ran for 1,472 yards and 17 touchdowns of offense and added 70 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks on defense. With such a productive year last season, what is the linebacker looking to improve on this season?
"I want to improve on my strength and speed because most of the schools want me as a linebacker," he said. "I've got to work more on my footwork, upper body strength and lateral movement. I'm good at all those things, but I need to get better for college. I'm looking to get my time down to 4.5-seconds before the season and I just want to be more of a leader on the team."
Smith should easily qualify with an impressive 3.5 GPA and 1,110 on the SAT.