Smith Making A Name For Himself

Gadsden City tight end Darrell Smith talks recruiting and about the Under Armour Elite Camp in Auburn.

Auburn, Ala.--While teammates Dre Kirkpatrick and Kendall Kelly get much of the attention, Gadsden City's Darrell Smith is quietly becoming a prospect to be reckoned with in the 2009 class as well.

A big, physical tight end prospect at 6-3, 225 with good speed and hands, Smith had a chance to showcase his abilities on Sunday at the Under Armour Southeast Elite Camp in Auburn on Sunday. Testing himself against the best of the best, Smith more than held his own and says he really enjoyed the experience.

"It was real neat," he says. "It was like the combine in Mobile, but I liked the agility stuff we did better than the shuttle runs. It was nice. I liked the little bungy chords (explosion drill developed by Chip Smith of CES Sports). They feel pretty good except when you start running. It was a learning experience for sure."

Currently holding on two offers from UAB and South Alabama, Smith says that he's currently hearing from a lot of different colleges and he's hoping to get more offers in the near future.

"Right now those are my only two offers," Smith says. "I'm also hearing from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and a lot of other schools."

Being recruited as a tight end or H-back by most of the schools on his list, Smith says only Tennessee has him slated for defense. While he says it doesn't matter which side of the ball he plays on, he did add that he likes offense better than defense if he had to choose, but that won't be a determining factor in which school he chooses down the road.

"I'm looking for the right campus and where I would be playing," Smith says. "Whether I would be starting or getting playing time. That's what I'm looking at."

This summer will be a busy one for Smith as he says he plans to take in as many camps as possible along with several teammates. He says that will give him a good idea of the situations at many schools and help him choose when the time comes.

"I'm going to camp at Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt," Smith says. "Those are the ones I have set up so far. I'm going to get out a whole lot."

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