Smith Already Focusing On Hoosiers

With his high school career now concluded, Fairborn, Ohio's Jarrod Smith can't help but think about his future.

With his high school career now concluded, Fairborn, Ohio's Jarrod Smith can't help but think about his future.

It's an immediate future that will take place in Bloomington as a member of Indiana's 2006 recruiting class. The 6-5, 270-pound Smith is one six offensive linemen who intends to sign with Indiana in February, joining James Brewer, Cody Faulkner, Alex Perry, Mike Stark and Pete Saxon.

Smith's Bloomington arrival is still some eight months away, but that hasn't kept him from thinking about getting his college career underway.

"It's all I think about, every day of the week," said Smith, who was recruited by IU co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic. "I'm getting through high school with good grades and I'm working hard, but after school and before school, it's all I think about. I can't wait to get there."

When he does get to Bloomington, Smith intends to have himself ready to compete for immediate playing time. Ever since his Fairborn H.S. team concluded a disappointing 1-9 season, Smith has been regular in the weight room to make sure he's prepared to challenge for a spot on the two-deep.

He won't get his IU workout regimen until after he signs his IU letter of intent in February, but in the meantime he's been using the BFS (Bigger, Faster, Stronger) weight training program that many elite athletes use, including Karl Malone. It involves lifting three days a week and cardiovascular work two other days, and it's a program Smith intends to follow religiously until he signs his IU letter of intent and then switches over to IU's program.

Smith has been having to squeeze in his workouts before basketball practice, as he's also a standout on Fairborn H.S.'s basketball team. He says his work on the hardwood is also paying dividends when it comes to his football preparation.

"It helps with my footwork, we do a lot of suicide drills where it helps the lateral speed," said Smith. "I think that's why I have good lateral times. You can't play football without quick feet, and basketball definitely helps me with that."

Smith, who played right tackle on his high school team, said it's unclear where the IU staff will eventually put him, although he suspects he'll wind up at either guard or center when he arrives in Bloomington. Smith is open to anywhere on the offensive line, so long as it gives him an opportunity to try to work his way onto the field as quickly as possible.

"I want to be at whatever weight they want me at, whatever I can do to make an impact on the team," said Smith. "I want to have the best chance of playing next year."

While he isn't totally clear about what position he'll play, he's 100 percent sure where he'll play his college football. He said he still gets the occasional phone call from other coaches and still receives plenty of mail from other programs, but he's never wavered on his IU commitment.

"Anytime they call, I tell them I'm going to IU, I've already verbaled over there," said Smith. "I've always been a Hoosier, ever since I was born (in Evansville). I can't wait to get there and get things started."


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