January 23, 2012

Smith is an exceptional athlete

Last weekend, Michgian and Iowa became the eighth and ninth programs to offer Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers junior Jaylon Smith. According to Luers football coach Matt Lindsay, the 6-3, 205-pound linebacker/athlete will continue to see his stock take off.

Smith used that athleticism to play both ways for Luers as a junior. On offense, he led the team in rushing with 148 carries for 1319 yards (8.9 yards per carry) and 25 touchdowns, and added 16 receptions for 191 yards (11.9 yards per catch) and another four scores. Defensively, he made 53 total tackles, with 17 for loss and 8.5 sacks. He intercepted one pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown, and also recovered two fumbles, one of which he took back for a score.

It was pretty tough for Lindsay to keep the ball out of Smith's hands during his junior season. However, he wasn't the only player that deserved carries, and he had to share the load. In fact, if not for a talented cast of teammates, Smith's numbers could be even better.

Smith's skill set is an impressive one on both sides of the ball. Although he's expected to be a defensive player in college - either as a defensive end or linebacker - he brings a lot to the table as a running back, too. His combination of skills has college coaches thrilled about his potential.

Michigan's coaching staff stopped by Luers last week to see Smith in action on the basketball court, and they will be familiar faces in their quest to land him for the next level. Smith is expecting to take his time with recruiting, but will narrow his list to a top four in late spring, and come to a decision by the time his senior season rolls around.

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