LB Has Several Offers-Vernon Smith

Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) North Lauderdale Academy standout linebacker <B>Vernon Smith</B> is coming off an outstanding junior season and is having a very strong spring. As a junior, he finished the year with 118 tackles, 12 for loss, three caused fumbles, and two interceptions. Inside the classroom, he carries a 2.5 GPA.

"He's a big time player," said head coach Harold Pearson. "He's been offered by almost everybody and a lot of the coaches feel he's one of the top 10 linebackers in the nation."

According to Smith, he has offers from a host of schools including Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Michigan State, Auburn, and several others. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder currently lists his early favorites as Oklahoma, Miami, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, and Pittsburgh.

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