Palmetto LB Waiting For Duke Offer

One of the best players you may not have heard of from the state of South Carolina in the class of 2011 is Mauldin High standout Carson Smith. The 6'2, 211 pound linebacker attended camp at Duke and hoping for an offer.

"The Duke camp was by far the most intense and in depth camp I have been to so far," said Carson Smith. "We really got a lot of time with Coach Collins so he could work with us one on one. The highlights were definitely the 1v1's, I had a good number of good plays along with some pass break ups. The competition was really good, Jalen Simmons was there and already being committed to Duke I really wanted to show out against him."

Before making his trip to Duke and since, Smith has been making the usual round of stops at various summer events in hopes of raising his stock and earning scholarship offers. So far he's camped in Durham along with camps at Clemson, Boston College, and Wofford. While at Duke, however, he got some one on one time with the coaches to figure out where he stood.

"I talked to Coach Jones, for a while and he just told me what their time table was for meetings to discuss the camp. Later, I talked to Coach Collins, and he said he thought I looked really good out there and that they were very interested."

Unlike some players, Smith's camping visit in Durham wasn't the first real contact he's had with the staff. In fact the Blue Devils have been recruiting him for most of the 2010 calendar year and it's resulted in mutual interest.

"I've had a good bit of contact with them, back in the spring I made a trip up to Duke and met the entire coaching staff. Since then, I usually called either Coach Jones or Coach Collins once a week to keep in touch. I'm pretty interested in Duke, they have a great engineering program which I plan on majoring in, and I really like the program they are building."

While in Durham Smith reported a 4.7 forty time. He knows that will have to improve in order to play at a higher level in college, but he also believes he showed well in other areas.

"I ran a 4.7 which I thought was pretty average. A lot of schools want me to increase my speed, and I've been working on that. Overall I think I did a great job. There were a few things that Coach taught us that was a bit different or new to me and therefore I did not perform as well as I wanted, but I believe I did pretty well from what Coach Collins told me."

Without an offer, Smith will continue to look around and work to improve. He knows the first few games of his senior season will be big for him in determining which offers come. And if the Blue Devil coaching staff is going to jump on board and extend an offer, it may be hard for Smith to turn it down.

"Duke is one of the top schools in my recruiting process. Among the pros are the education that Duke has and the precedents that it holds for its student athletes. Also, I really like the pride the coaching staff takes in the program that they are building up. The cons are probably the fact that Duke is a very basketball geared school seeing as they have won 4 National Championships in the past 20 years."

Smith reports an offer from Presbyterian College but receives regular interest from a number of schools including Boston College, North Carolina, Clemson, Campbell, Georgia Tech, Western Carolina, East Carolina, Toledo, NC State, Vanderbilt, and Wofford.


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