Rodney Smith is a standout linebacker prospect from Hallandale High in the Class of 2012.
Smith Talks Commitment
"Some coaches weren't sure I could play at defensive end and that kind of hurt me in recruiting," Smith said. "When I run track, my weight is actually around 210 pounds, so that is kind of slight for a defensive end. But UL wants me to play at the Rover position or an outside linebacker position. I have the speed and athletic ability to play outside and run with skilled athletes in coverage."
Play football in the 2A Class didn't help Rodney Smith much in recruiting, but several schools showed interest late.
"I showed people what I could do in the Broward/Dade County All-Star game against athletes from higher classifications," stated Rodney. "South Florida, Middle Tennessee and Louisiana showed interest in me late. I had several offers earlier, including one from Western Illinois, but I wanted to play Division I football and UL offered me that opportunity."
Smith's player host was fellow Floridian Jaron Odom, what was his experience during the visit?
"Jaron was great," Smith said. "I really felt the athletes welcomed me there and wanted me to be part of the program. The university has an excellent business program and I like the facilities. They are coming off a bowl win and the program is going to be very good; I want to be part of that."
Rodney Smith has scored an 18 on his last ACT and is currently holding a 2.6 GPA in his core.
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