2012 Intro: Quataye Smyre

STATESVILLE, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior Quataye Smyre, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound athlete from South Iredell High School.

Scouting Report

"He has an explosiveness on the field – plus athleticism and agility," South Iredell head coach Scott Miller said. "He's a 4.4 [40-yard dash] kid that can stop on a dime and get back to 4.4 just like that. He has great hips, great wiggle, and he has a great work ethic. He gets the ball and his field vision is unbelievable… And he's not afraid to hit.

"But everybody I talk to, the one thing they say is how fast he is. His field speed matches his 40 time – to me he looks faster on the field than his 40 time."

Prep Career

As a junior, Smyre was named Iredell County's Player of the Year, while playing wide receiver, defensive back, running back, punt and kick returner. He ended the season with 36 receptions for 749 yards and 12 touchdowns, 129 yards and three touchdowns on 13 rushes, 134 yards and a score on 12 punt returns, and 203 yards and a touchdown on seven kick returns.

"I think he averaged, offensively, every 3.2 touches he scored," Miller said. "If you factor in his punts and kickoffs, it's every 4.4 times he scores."

Defensively, Smyre totaled 51 tackles, four interceptions, six pass break-ups, and a forced fumble.

"We feel like, he's such an athlete we can flip flop him on the field defensively against the other team's best receiver or if we have to use him to spy somebody who's really good at quarterback, we can do that," Miller said.


Recently, East Carolina offered Smyre his first scholarship.

"They're really cool up there," Smyre said. "It's a cool program. I like the offense and I want to play receiver. " East Carolina, which he will visit for the first time at its March Junior Day or April Spring Game, is primarily recruiting Smyre as a wide receiver, but hasn't ruled out him playing defensive back.

Smyre is also receiving significant interest from Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, and NC State. Those schools, and others, are recruiting him as both a wide receiver and defensive back at this point.

Smyre has attended two UNC football games (versus Georgia Tech and East Carolina), NC State's Junior Day, and a camp at Wake Forest last summer. He has also been invited to Clemson's Junior Day and will visit Auburn on Feb 26.

Extra Notes

Smyre is also a major part of South Iredell's spring track team running the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relays. His best time in the 100 is 10.9 seconds.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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