Smith Talks Commitment

Smith Talks Commitment

Florida prep DE/OLB Rodney Smith, Hallandale HS gave the Ragin'Cajuns his verbal pledge Sunday morning. The "6-4", 220-pound athlete talked about his commitment to UL and his plans for his freshman season. Go "inside" the Cajun Redzone for the rest of the story.

Rodney Smith is another one of those Florida athletes that just gets buried in the large numbers of outstanding athletes coming out of the sunshine state every year. Smith first popped up on the radar last year at summer camps at "6-4", 190-pounds slight built defensive end. But coaches soon realized that his slight build was from his commitment to running track. It is that speed that has the Cajun staff convinced he can play the Rover position at now "6-4", 220-pounds.

"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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