Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Smith one of the top prospects camping at Arkansas
Sophomore quarterback Jeremy Smith, who has offers from Oklahoma, Houston, SMU and Michigan State, plans to attend an Arkansas camp next week.
Arkansas’ first Elite Camp begins Thursday and will feature an impressive list of recruits looking to add a scholarship offer from the Hogs. The Razorbacks will conduct another Elite Camp next Thursday.
Junior quarterback Jeremy Smith will be one of the more promising prospects participating in tomorrow's camp.
Smith, 6-3, 180 pounds, 4.51 seconds, of Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall has offers from Michigan State, SMU, Oklahoma and Houston while drawing interest from numerous others, including Arkansas. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Former Hog running back Knile Davis signed with the Razorback in 2009 out Marshall High School.
"He played with my older brother," Smith said of Davis in Sunday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "He said it was a good school and he liked his time up there.”
Marshall Coach James Williams said Smith is a positive influence on the team.
“The one thing that definitely stands out is he’s a leader,” Williams said. “He gets out there and works hard everyday and brings his teammates with him. He’s a very coachable young man and loves the game of football and has a passion for it.”
Smith completed 21 of 33 passes for 446 yards with 5 touchdowns, no interceptions and rushed 26 times for 227 yards and 3 touchdowns last year. He also had 13 receptions for 228 yards and 6 touchdowns at receiver.
He will arrive in Fayetteville late Wednesday afternoon with his father, Terence and leave on Friday.
Defensive backs coach Clay Jennings is Smith’s lead recruiter.
“He likes me at quarterback,” Smith said.
Smith has a 3.4 grade-point average and plans to major in kinesiology. His mother, Benita, is the head coach of Marshall's girls track and field team and his father helps as a volunteer.
He broke down his strengths as a signal caller.
“I’m accurate, I read defenses well and I can get it to you,” Smith said.
Williams said Smith is the whole package.
“Great size, he’s 6-3 and half, but he’s going to grow a little bit more,” Williams said. “He has two older brothers that are pretty tall. He definitely has the arm to make the throws he has to make and he has the physical ability to run the ball a little bit. Now days with the spread offenses and the quarterback runs and he can do all of that.”
Williams said Smith is also an excellent receiver. Wherever he ends up position wise, Williams is confident Smith will shine.
“I think the future is bright at either one, I really do,” Williams said.