BBD Recruiting: Donta Smith update

Oldham County wideout Donta Smith has a scholarship offer from UK...

One of the state's top receiver prospects says Kentucky leads for his services.

Donta Smith, an athletic 6-foot-5, 195-pound athlete with 4.4 speed, plans to take his time in the recruiting process, but likes UK and has a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

"I like the way they play, the fact that they throw the ball a lot," said Smith, who has also been playing quarterback for Oldham County this season. "They've got an exciting offense and some good players. If I decide to play football, I'd probably go there."

Toledo is among a handful of other schools showing strong interest in Smith, but he says he doesn't mention the others (Tennessee, Louisville, Miami of Ohio) much due to his courtship from UK.  During the summer, he had a chance to play in front of the Cats' staff at the school's 7-on-7 passing tournament.

"It was nice," Smith said of the experience. "That gave Kentucky a chance to see me in person. I don't think they had before that. And I played pretty well. I think they liked me a lot."

He notes "the ability to make people miss," as his main strength as a receiver. As a junior, he caught 26 passes for 416 yards.

Smith is also a standout on the Colonels' basketball team. He says basketball has long been his favorite sport, and would like to wait to see if he gets any scholarship offers there before he makes a college decision. He has a goal of playing both at Kentucky, but doesn't know if the interest is there yet from the basketball program.

The Cats currently have five verbal commitments --- OL Joe Brady, RB Arliss Beach, DB Randy Driver, DT Paul Webb and LB Brad Booker --- as well as two other scholarships believed to be assigned to 2001 signees (LB Chad Anderson, WR Darimy Crawford)who didn't qualify academically. That would leave UK with nine scholarships remaining in this signing class.

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