2015 Four Star QB Talks Early Recruitment

Meridian junior quarterback J'Mar Smith has grown up in a football family. The son of former Alabama Crimson Tide and New Orleans Saints' defensive lineman Kenny Smith, J'Mar has been around the game his entire life. Now a star in his own right, the younger Smith is ready to make his own name in the football world.

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Smith led Meridian to an 8-4 mark in 2012 as a first year starter at quarterback.

Meridian's defense had some issues last fall as the four losses match the loss total from the three previous season combined. Two of those seasons saw the Wildcats playing for the state title.

With a full year of starting experience under his belt, Smith is more comfortable and more confident.

"Me and Coach (Larry) Weems know what to expect out of each other now," said Smith. "Last year I had to learn what all he expected of me and he had to learn what I was most comfortable doing.

"I feel like we know each other a lot better this year and I am excited to see what all we can do.

"I am real comfortable with all of the people I have around me and I feel like we can do some big things this year."

Meridian plays in a perhaps the toughest league in all of Mississippi High School football.

Since Mississippi berthed the 6A classification, the south state champion has come from Meridian's 6A-3 Region each of the last four years.

In Meridian's final year in 5A, they won the state championship over South Panola under the direction of current Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell.

Needless to say, Meridian plays in a competitive league which only makes the regular season more exciting.

The fun starts this week for the Wildcats as they take on Northwest Rankin.

"I know they like to run the 3-5-3 and a lot of cover three," said Smith. "They like to run the football too and control the clock.

"I know they are going to be well coached and they are going to come out ready to play.

"I feel like we've had good few weeks of practice, so I feel like we'll be ready to go play the game and get the season started."

Smith picked up an offer from Mississippi State last summer.

Since that time, several schools have shown some level of interest, but the Bulldogs appear to be the most serious at this time.

"I have been in touch with Coach (Tony) Hughes a good bit," said Smith. "He is always telling me that I am a good fit for them and about how much they want me to come up there.

"I am going to be calling Coach (Les) Koenning here pretty soon too.

"I want to see what kind of coach he is."

Smith grew up cheering for Alabama, his father's alma mater.

Coach Nick Saban has already secured a commitment from the nation's top signal caller for 2015. Ricky Town.

The Tide may be through at quarterback for that class, but Smith still sees Tuscaloosa as a viable destination.

"If Alabama has an opportunity for me, then that is something I have to look at even if it's not at quarterback," said Smith. "I would really like to stay at quarterback, but I am open to changing positions in the right situation."

Smith is also a bit of a baseball prospect, but reports that so far no offers have come his way.

The four star is in no rush to decide and plans to wait out the process for a while.

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