Earlier this month Terrell Smith from Snellville (GA) South Gwinnett H.S. released his top five schools and Indiana was one of the programs that made the list. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot-1, 170-pound WR/DB about why the Hoosiers are so strong with him.
The talented prospect currently has offers from Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Iowa State, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, UMass, Navy and Tulane. He recently tweeted out a top five of Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Iowa State and Missouri. IU is recruiting Smith to play cornerback, and they are on the list because he likes what assistant coach Brandon Shelby has been saying to him.
“The DB coach is just straight up with me,” Smith said about Coach Shelby. “He said that I would have a chance to come in and play early. He has told me that if I go there he believes I could make an impact right away.”
This past fall the Georgia native was a standout on both sides of the ball for a South Gwinnett team that went 8-4 and made it to the state playoffs.
“As a team we made it to the second round of the playoffs,” he said about his junior season. “Individually I felt like I did well. I played on both sides of the ball. I started at receiver on offense and at DB on defense. I thought I improved the most this season as a corner. I feel like my technique got a lot better.”
Smith was in Bloomington last summer for a brief visit at IU, and he plans on making it back up this spring for a more in-depth look at the program.
“I don’t know a lot about them but I did visit there my sophomore year,” he said. “I was there with my 7-on-7 team. I liked what I saw and I thought the facilities were nice, but they told me that they are building new facilities so I need to get back up there to check it out again. I have plans to visit in the spring for a spring practice.”
Smith said there are a few factors that will be important to him when it comes time for him to make his commitment.
“I am looking for a school with a good coaching staff and a good football program,” he said. “I will be looking for coaches that show me that they really want me in their program. I am also looking for a good education. I think I want to major in accounting.”
Smith, who plans on getting his decision over with this summer, said his top five schools are not set in stone but it is a list that he doesn’t plan on changing anytime soon.
“My top schools could change as time goes on but it is pretty solid right now,” he said. “I plan on making my decision before the start of my senior season.”