Patterson RB strong to the finish

Patterson running back Kenderick Smith has a scholarship offer from LSU.<br><br>Is the Class 3A all-state choice close to committing to the Tigers?

Good players always kick it up a notch in the fourth quarter and Kenderick Smith (5-11, 195, 4.4) says that is what makes him such a special player.

The Patterson, La. running back gained 1,911 yards and scored a whopping 38 touchdowns as a junior. Those marks were impressive enough for the sports writers from around the state to name him first team All-State and All-Acadiana.

"He is pretty good," said Kevin Foote, assistant editor and prep editor of The Advertiser. "He plays every down in the game. The kid never rests. He can catch the ball and he runs real well. He doesn't just hit the hole. He waits for it to open up and then he hits it."

Smith seems to agree with Foote's assessment of his abilities on the field.

"I'm more like a powerful back than a speed back," Smith told Tiger Rag. "I get yards even if they hit me in the backfield. I always go forward. I'm more of a team player but I pick it up in the fourth quarter. That's when I feel like I have to turn up my game."

Smith heard from many coaches during the May evaluation period but he is focusing on LSU, Florida State and Miami. Thus far, LSU coach Nick Saban is the only coach that has given him an offer but that does not mean the Tigers are the team to beat.

"They're all the same," said Smith. "LSU gives me more attention but they're all the same."

Academics are top priority for Smith right now, but he plans on going to Saban's camp in July if he can get away from summer school. Grades are his only question mark because he said he feels like he has the talent to play with anyone who steps on the field with him. "In high school I play against lesser opponents, but I know the next level is going to be a lot faster," Smith said. "But I think I can play at the next level."

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