WR Dreams of Playing at UM

This super wide receiver prospect has been wanting to play at the University of Miami almost his entire life. Now with a cousin enjoying the experience, he wants to come. He talks all about it in this in-depth interview.

After signing four or five wide receivers in last year's recruiting class, the University of Miami is being very selective in which wide receivers are getting offered. One that might soon be getting one is Lakewood (N.J.) standout J.R. Smith.

Measured at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds just prior to the start of his AAU Summer Basketball League, Smith's athletic ability is off the charts.

In addition to being one of the state's elite wide receiver prospects that had 34 catches for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, Smith is also one of the state's top basketball players that averaged over 20 points a game as a junior. He also competed on the track team as a high jumper until his AAU summer season started in late spring.

Smith competed in a training camp locally back in the spring, and ripped off one of the best 40-times there. "I ran a 4.45 and a 4.48," Smith said. "It was one of the fastest times."

That size/speed combination is pretty rare. So is the athletic ability. In fact, Smith has played other positions on the football field.

"I've been playing football since I was about six because I've always loved it," he said. "I used to be shorter so I used to play running back. I had so much fun and then I got taller so they moved me to wide receiver and that's even better."

The super talented wide receiver carries a 2.5 core GPA inside the classroom and is still waiting on his test scores to return. Meanwhile, Smith was become a major prospect in the eyes of college football coaches.

"Rutgers, Iowa, Clemson, and Virginia have sent me stuff in the mail saying they have offered me a scholarship," Smith said. "I also had a bunch of schools calling me in May."

While Smith is excited to have been offered by those schools, he's still waiting on the one he's always wanted.

"I really hope that Miami offers," he said. "They started recruiting me this spring and said they'll be making a decision whether to offer sometime soon. Maybe I'll need to show them this season. Whatever, I just want to go to Miami. My cousin Thomas Carroll goes there and he loves it. The facilities are great. They're coming off a national championship and I really like talking to Coach Mark. If Miami offered me, I'm 99.999-percent sure that I'll be a Hurricane. I love Miami."

In case the Hurricanes don't come through, Smith has other options in mind. "If Miami doesn't offer, I'm also considering Clemson, Virginia, South Carolina, and Boston College. They're all good schools, but Miami's where I want to go."

Another factor that is working in favor of the Hurricanes is that Smith plans to play both sports in college.

"I have been talking to the basketball coaches at Miami too," he said. "I'm going to try to play both sports, but if it doesn't work out, then I'll just concentrate on football."

Smith talked about this coming season. "I've been ready to start the season," he said. "I can't wait. I want to break the school record for yards and touchdowns because that will help my team win. That's what I care about."


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