Jerome Smith is a north/south style running back that hits the hole hard and is very decisive. He has a big frame at 5-foot-11, 210 pounds and still looks like he can fill out a bit, especially in the lower body. One thing that Pencader Charter does a lot with Smith is use him on screen plays, so he has already developed that facet of his game a lot. He shows good vision in the open field and while he's not the type of back that is going to juke people out of their cleats, he does use head and shoulder fakes very effectively and has solid cutting ability to make people miss. Smith has quick feet for such a large running back and doesn't get tripped up easily because of that.
In terms of speed, the Syracuse commitment certainly isn't a blazer, but once he gets moving he does have the ability to make big plays. The thing I like most about Smith is that he is best running between the tackle and rarely kicks a play outside or even deviates from the blocking scheme. One of the most important things a running back can do is simply trust the play and it's clear that Smith does that. He does a good job of waiting for blocks to set up and then gets the yards he can, finishing strong by lowering his pad level.
I'd like to see Smith come through rushing lanes with a lower pad level. On short yardage situations he always does it, but in college he won't have lanes like that to run through. If he stays that high and leaves the ball exposed he'll have some trouble. He has some tiny issues past that, but nothing worth getting excited over. Smith looks to be a pretty complete back that we have heard will compete to be an every day starter.
Smith is a Tough Runner
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