Clemson commitment/Woodland quarterback Robert Smith is being recruited by the Tigers as an athlete while other schools are telling him he could play quarterback. Listed as a safety by Scout.com, he could end up playing any number of positions at Clemson, once he arrives in 2011.
While in Tigertown for junior day, coach Dabo Swinney was forward with Smith and told him the Clemson coaching staff really isn't sure where they will have him playing.
"I'm listed as an athlete. They said I can play cornerback, safety and even linebacker," Smith told CUTigers earlier this week after spring practice. "On the offensive side of the ball, I could go from quarterback, running back and wide receiver."
"I looked at Percy Harvin that played for Florida and now for the Vikings. At Florida, he was at quarterback, running back and wide receiver—he touched the ball a lot," Smith said. (Hale McGranahan)
At one time, the lifelong quarterback wanted to stay under center upon his arrival to the next level, but has always remained open to a possible position change.
"I looked at Percy Harvin that played for Florida and now for the Vikings. At Florida, he was at quarterback, running back and wide receiver—he touched the ball a lot," Smith said. "I just want to touch the ball a lot. I feel like, if I get the ball in my hands, good things can happen."
A few options are still out there with other schools too, though he does not have other offers. Smith does remain steady with his word.
"I'm pretty firm to Clemson. There are other interests, but more than likely, I'm going to stay with Clemson, unless something with Georgia big happens," he said. "Those are two schools I've really looked at and really wanted to go to since I was little.
"Clemson has always been there. They made a strong commitment to me when they offered me over the summer when I went to camp. That means a lot to me."
Georgia could consider him at quarterback while Georgia Tech is definitely recruiting him as a quarterback.
"He's started for us since the ninth grade. He's been outstanding, breaking every record that's ever been here at the school. You don't see him going around bragging about what he can do. He loves to win and is a competitor." - Woodland head coach Reed Charpia. (Hale McGranahan)
"I think a lot of teams are waiting to see how my knee goes," Smith said.
Mid-way through his junior season, Smith tore his ACL against Burke.
"But my knee is perfect," he said matter-of-factly.
Under Woodland coach Reed Charpia, Smith threw for 2, 500 yards and 25 touchdowns as a freshman and rushed for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns. A year later, Smith accounted for 3,400 yards of total offense and 36 touchdowns.
"Robert Smith is a well-rounded young man. I have to give that credit to his dad. His dad has done a great job," Charpia said. "He's good young man, well-mannered, a good student and a good citizen.
"He's started for us since the ninth grade. He's been outstanding, breaking every record that's ever been here at the school. You don't see him going around bragging about what he can do. He loves to win and is a competitor."