Talented Two-Way Player Hoping Interest Grows

Cordova's Ryan Smith talks about his performance at the recent Scout.com Southeast Elite Camp and how recruiting is going for him.

Cordova, Ala.--Football programs all across the country spend a lot of time and effort on the recruiting front trying to find every available prospect for their schools to go after, but sometimes a player just slips through the cracks. For the 2010 class that player could be athlete Ryan Smith.

A 6-2, 198-pounder with sub 4.5 40-yard dash speed, Smith has been the main man under center for the Blue Devils since helping guide the team to a state championship as a sophomore. He's also been an integral part of the defense from his cornerback spot. So far it hasn't added up to tons of offers, but he's hoping a solid showing at Sunday's Scout.com Southeast Elite Camp will help his cause.

"It was important to go out there and showcase my skills," Smith says. "The recruiting process isn't going as good as I had hoped. The offers aren't coming. I guess you can't control that. You just have to work hard. I'm worried about getting back to the state championship.

"There was a lot of competition and everybody got a chance to compete," Smith adds. "You got to see the best talent or so they say in the South."

Working at cornerback during the camp, Smith got the chance to match up against some of the top receivers in Alabama as well as several more from surrounding states. Showing great closing speed on several plays, he could be an ideal safety on the next level or even a wide receiver because of his size. He says for him it doesn't matter where he plays as long as he gets a chance.

"As far as where I play in college, that doesn't matter to me," Smith says. "Wherever the coaches feel like is the best place for me and the place that can help the team the most and get me to the next level, I'm all for it."

Currently holding offers from Kentucky, Marshall, UAB and Vanderbilt, Smith says he's getting attention from several more schools including Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Mississippi State and Tennessee.


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