Clemson first to offer Georgia DE

A few schools have started to show Jordan Smith interest and one offered the 2016 rush end before Christmas. He is a sophomore in Georgia to keep an eye on...

Jordan Smith played on the freshman team at Covington (Ga.) Alcovy in 2012 before transferring to Lithonia in 2013.

He tallied four sacks as a sophomore while playing against numerous run heavy offenses.

Lithonia head coach Marcus Jelks thinks he has an elite prospect.

"Jordan is so athletic and he could be special," said Jelks. "He still has some things to work on, but when schools see him and when he gets his name out there, he is going to have some big offers.

"He really played well for us this season and he is going to get a lot better. He has great size and he schools are going to be surprised at how athletic he is."

Smith is a long and lean athlete at 6-foot-6, 212 pounds, and he plays both football and basketball.

Some may look at Smith and think basketball, but that is not the case.

"I am a football player that plays basketball," said Smith. "I have always loved football the most, but I am pretty good at basketball too. I like playing both sports, but football is what I want to do in college."

It looks like he will have the opportunity to do that.

One school has already offered him a scholarship.

"I was very surprised when I got the offer from Clemson. Their coach came through in December, then my coach told me about the offer. I know Clemson has a good program and they are known for having those big and tall defensive ends, so it is a school I will really look at now."

The Tigers are now on Smith's radar, but there is an SEC school that he'd really love an offer from.

"I have always loved Alabama," Smith said. "They always win, that is something that stands out to me, and I would love an offer from them one day. That has been the school I have watched for many years."

The Crimson Tide have yet to show interest in the 2016 rush end, but Georgia Tech and South Carolina have.

Interest is expected to pick up through the spring and summer as he showcases his ability in from of coaches and analysts.

He is happy to have that first offer in and he will use it as motivation.

"It feels good to get an offer as a sophomore. Not many my age have offers, so I just want to build on this. It is making me work harder.

"I think I progressed this season. I got quicker off the line, I have more moves, and I got to quarterback better. I am working hard to get a lot better next year too. I am staying on the weights hard this off-season." Top Stories