Coach's Corner: Terry Totten

Lamont Smith verbally committed to Colorado last May. Smith and his Central Pittsburgh Catholic teammates recently ended their season. BSN spoke with Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten about the explosive Smith, who rushed for over 3,000 yards the past two seasons.

Lamont Smith has been a two-year starter at tailback for Pittsburgh's Central Catholic. This fall, Central Catholic was 10-2, and won the WPIAL AAAA 2 League before losing in the playoffs to Penn Hills. Despite missing two-and-a-half games with a high-ankle sprain, Smith rushed for over 900 yards this fall. (He had 2,062 rushing yards as a junior).

Smith is projected as a cornerback at Colorado, but because of his ball skills, could get a look at tailback and as a returner, too.

BSN spoke with Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten about Smith.

BSN: What kind of player has he been for you?
Totten
: He's been outstanding. He's got something that you can't coach – he has another gear. He has the most vertical cuts I've seen around here since Tony Dorsett. I'm not kidding. He's a special kid.

He catches the ball. Tough kid. He's got to grow and get in the weightroom. But he's unbelievable.

BSN: You say he's got to grow, tell me about his size. A lot of people that have never seen him play might say he's too small to play in the Big 12. What do you think about that?
Totten
: I disagree. We play in a very physical conference. He plays against kids that are mostly going to big-time schools. He's as tough as anyone.

He's pushing 5-10, about 180 pounds. But he'll put on some weight. He's a weightroom kid.

BSN: What's he like off the field?
Totten
: He's a great kid. He's come from a tough situation. He's a spiritual kid. He's very quiet, but he's a good kid.

BSN: Do you know what it was about Colorado that he liked?
Totten
: I really don't. I'm sure he was impressed with the coaching staff. That's what I mean, it's tough getting words out of him. He's just a quiet, determined little guy.

BSN: How does Smith compare to your former running back Eugene Jarvis?
Totten
: Eugene's doing pretty well. I think he rushed for 1,000 yards at Kent State. Again, people said he was too small, but he goes up against Minnesota and goes for 100 yards. But Lamont's different. He's really a different back. He's more of a vertical crease-you kind of guy. Like I said, I haven't seen those kind of vertical cuts around here in a long time. You've got a good one.


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