Louisville adds another 'sleeper' prospect

Hakeem Smith is definitely a sleeper prospect from talent-rich Georgia. Louisville has recently been earning their stripes uncovering hidden gems for their 2009 recruiting class and the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Riverdale, Georgia safety is the latest 'sleeper' prospect to make the call for the Cardinals.

Louisville defensive coordinator Ron English has another promising under-the-radar prospect for his 2009 recruiting class.

Hakeem Smith, an athletic strong safety/wide receiver from Riverdale HS, verbally committed to the Cardinals on Thursday.

So who is Hakeem Smith? Scout.com's Georgia recruiting expert, Burke Hayes, says he's heard Smith's name mentioned in recruiting circles but didn't really know much about him.

Smith's former coach, Jamie Reed, calls Smith a "natural talent". Reed coached Smith last season as a junior and had nothing but good things to say about his former standout.

"He's extremely athletic," said Reed. "We used him last season as a receiver because we had to score to win and he was our leading receiver. He scored about nine touchdowns. He's a very heady player. I tell everybody he's one of my favorites."

Reed said that English began recruiting Reed last January shortly after taking the job at Louisville. Smith's recent unofficial visit to Louisville helped seal the deal for the Cardinals.

"I talked to coach English a couple days ago and he told me that he was coming up there for an unofficial (visit)," Reed said. "(Smith) was very excited about it. It couldn't happen for a better kid. You won't find a better kid."

While Smith shined last season on offense, Louisville plans to play him at safety next season.

"(Coach English) liked Hakeem's potential," Reed said. "Hakeem makes a bunch of plays and he'll hit hard. One thing about Hakeem is that he's going to get a lot bigger, stronger and faster. Hakeem is a natural talent. He doesn't have to work real hard to get it done."


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