More on Smith Becoming a Buff

Colorado feels it needs some major help in the defensive backfield as evidenced by the Buffs' first two commits this cycle coming at cornerback. One of Pennsylvania's top players, Lamont Smith, mainly chose Colorado because he knows that early playing time is available. He gives the BSN his thoughts on becoming a Buff.

Height: 5-8 1/2
Weight: 160
40 time: 4.4
From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
High School: Central Catholic

As a junior, Lamont Smith earned first team all-conference and second team all-state honors after rushing for more than 2,000 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Playing in one of the Keystone State's toughest leagues, Smith has more than proved himself as an offensive weapon. But the question is, can he play defense? Cornerback is the position Colorado has primarily recruited him for. "My play speaks for itself," Smith told the Buffalo Sports News in a previous interview. "I'm very physical for my size and I shut down receivers. I'm a strong man-to-man cover corner. My speed is a big asset at that position, too. I have great speed, vision and quickness."

Where the Colorado staff was sold on Smith was the Penn State Nike Camp. "I performed well there. Coach Hawkins came to that camp and he really liked me. I ran a 4.42 and jumped a 39-inch vertical."

On Saturday, Smith decided to end his recruitment and opted for his college days taking place in Boulder. "Well, I had spoken with Coach Hawkins on Friday and told him that I had some good news for him. I told him I would be calling him on Saturday. He was excited, but he was at some kind of festival or function so he couldn't speak too much. So I spoke with him yesterday and he sounded real happy. I sent a text message to Coach Hagan telling him 'I'm a Buff' and he sent something back to me saying how much they loved me."

Smith went on to speak about what the deciding factor was. "Early playing time. They are losing a bunch of defensive backs and the chance is there for me to start early. I don't really mind about the location. I just want to get on the field. My family and I will take a visit there in July to learn more about the University."

Although corner is the immediate position Smith has been recruited for, he is a jack-of-all-trades type and could be seen elsewhere on Folsom Field. "Coach Hawkins said they might also use me on offense, maybe as a slot receiver, and as a punt and kick returner."

Coach Greg Brown and his NFL experience is another reason Smith is a Buff. "I will be getting my coaching from the best of the best. I sent him a text message telling him I'll be going there and he sent me something back saying he can't wait to start working with me."

Smith knew about Brown's NFL background, but he was unaware that Brown coached two Thorpe award winners in his days as a coach for CU. "That is just another reason to want to play for him," he exclaimed.

Before committing to CU, the Pennsylvania native also had written offers from Arizona State, Temple and Toledo.

He will be seeing time on both sides of the ball for Central Catholic this fall, but will mainly stay on offense. "I think my coaches are going to work me in some as a nickel back on defense. I will still be the starting running back."

Smith carries around a 2.8 core GPA and is taking the SAT on June 3rd. He is thinking of majoring in Sports Management.

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