July 13, 2013
SEC schools lining up to recruit Smith
Josh Smith has said on more than one occasion that his goal is to be the best linebacker in the state of Tennessee, if not the nation, by the time he wraps up his high school career.
The Murfreesboro Oakland standout took a step in that direction when he measured his skill-set against other top underclassmen from around the country last weekend at the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge. When it was done, Smith was among the Rivals analysts' top-10 linebackers, and he felt he showed he can compete at the highest levels.
"It was a great experience," said the 6-foot-3.5-inch, 220-pounder. "I got to work with some of the best coaches in the world and some of the best players in the nation. I got to showcase my talents and what I can do. I think I did well in drills, footwork, getting down field and opening my hips and showing that I can move.
"Some of the things I need to work on was they said I was good on the line but just releasing and staying on inside hip. Keeping my eyes off the quarterback and getting my eyes back to the receiver."
But Smith said he felt like he impressed camp coaches with how he moved for a larger linebacker.
"They liked how well I moved and how big I was for how well I moved," said the brother of 2014 standout Emmanuel Smith and classmate of '15 Vols commitment Jack Jones.
Josh Smith said it was nice to have Jones alongside him at the Rivals event near Dallas to represent both their school and state.
"It was great knowing that I've got a teammate down there who can showcase his talents and help bring big things back to Tennessee and give Tennessee a little notoriety," Smith said.
As for what's next for the '15 standout who is expected to be among the state's top-rated prospects, Smith indicated he's got multiple SEC trips and handful of seven-on-seven events on the horizon. Smith went to Georgia's Dawg Night on Friday.
"I've got the MTSU seven-on-seven tournament and I'll be hitting up Vanderbilt on Sunday and Monday or Tuesday next week, or maybe Wednesday, I think I'm going to Alabama for camp," Smith said. "It's always enjoyable. I'm blessed to have the ability and be able to do what I do and have these colleges looking at me. It's a great feeling."
Smith, with offers from Tennessee, Vandy, Kentucky, MTSU and UT-Martin, has been on Rocky Top a couple times this summer and said he would again check out the Volunteers program in the near future.
"I don't have another date set as of right now, but I'm almost sure I'll make it up for a visit before the season or I'll definitely be making it up there for a game," Smith said.
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