Raemon Smith Turning Heads

High Point Central's Raemon Smith turned heads at the Shrine Bowl workouts in Chapel Hill on Saturday. A bit of an unknown until now, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete, moved from South Carolina prior to his junior season.

UNC coach John Bunting visited his school recently to take a look at quarterback Steve Johnson along with 6-foot-6 defensive end Jerry Chandler. But Bunting also came away highly impressed with Smith.

"He did not get all the ink because he was not here in North Carolina during his sophomore year," Bison coach Todd Staley said. "Coach Bunting didn't even know about him. He's one of the best athletes we have at this school and they are going to go back and take a look at him."

Smith plays on both sides of the ball – at outside linebacker and strong safety on defense and at running back, slot back and wide receiver on offense, or "…any way we can get him the ball," according to Staley.

Smith's size and speed allowed him to separate from defenders while at the Shrine Bowl practice, but it was his pass coverage that gained him the most notice from numerous onlookers.

He was clocked at 4.47 seconds over 40 yards while participating in the Jamestown combine on May 14.

Expect to hear much more about Smith as the 2006 recruiting season continues.


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