Thaddius Smith of Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara started off his summer by reeling in two offers. The 2014 athlete attended a couple of camps recently and is now preparing for his junior season.
"I'm hearing from a lot of different schools and I'm getting mail from various places," said Smith, who is 5-foot-11 and 170-pounds. "I got offers from Rutgers and Temple so far going into my junior year."
Some of the other schools showing increased interest in Smith include Boston College, Penn State, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Arizona, Nebraska and Vanderbilt.
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This summer Smith camped at both Penn State and Temple.
"I did very well at the Penn State camp," said Smith. "I felt as though I performed well. They said that they will be looking out for me. At the Temple camp I performed very well. I was one of the top campers up there and I got offered after the camp."
Smith went into both camps with a few goals in mind.
"I want to perform to the best of my ability," said Smith. "I try to go to every camp as though no coach knows who I am and that by the end of the camp they will say that I'm a hardworking, great player. I try to be the best at my position."
At this point Smith has plans to attend a Temple game, and will work on adding a few more games to his schedule as the season gets closer. In the meantime, he is busy preparing for his junior season.
"Our team is working very hard this year because we know how it feels to lose an important game, and that's not a good feeling," said Smith, who mentioned that he will be very busy this fall. "I will be playing wide receiver, running back and cornerback."
With this much on his plate this fall, Smith has been working hard to improve a few specific parts of his game.
"On offense my blocking and being a playmaker and on defense not giving up big plays and my 1-on-1 man coverage," said Smith.