'09 Premier Prospect: CB Rashard Smith

Pack Pride continues it's look at some of NC State's top prospects for the class of 2009. Today we profile Dublin (Ga) standout cornerback Rashard Smith.

CB Rashard Smith

5-10, 173 pounds, 4.5-seconds in the 40-yard dash

Dublin (Ga) High School

Junior Stats: As a junior, Smith doubled at cornerback and quarterback for Dublin. On offense he tallied better than 2,500 all-purpose yards while collecting 59 tackles and nine picks on defense. He was named middle Georgia player of the year, 4-AA player of the year, Atlanta Journal Constitution all-state and the 2A state defensive player of the year.

The early word: Smith has been under the recruiting radar of many but it’s likely that will change in the coming months. He has the potential to play slot receiver but is probably better-suited for cornerback. Smith doesn’t boast blazing speed but he has tremendous athleticism and play-making ability. Look for him to significantly add to his scholarship total before all is said and done.

Scholarship offers: NC State, UNC, Wake Forest

Top Schools: Smith says he doesn’t have any particular favorites at the current time.

Timeline for a decision: A decision will likely come after Smith has had the chance to make some official visits.

Interesting side-note: Smith’s brother plays football for Shaw.

NC State recruiting coach: NC State LB coach Andy McCollum

NC State connections: The Wolfpack landed Thomas Barnes out of Dublin a little over a year ago and have long-standing ties to the program through LB coach Andy McCollum. He volunteered at the school while taking a year off from coaching.

Behind the scenes: Were Smith going to make a decision tomorrow we feel good about State’s chances. However, it appears that he would like to earn an offer from schools like Florida State, Auburn and Alabama. Another program to look out for down the road may be Georgia Tech.

Wolfpack Visits: Smith visited for NC State’s junior day a few weeks back. He told Pack Pride that he will be visiting his brother over the summer and plans to head over to NC State again whenever he makes the trip.

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