Class of 2018
Position: Running back
Top offers: North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin
Jahmir Smith doesn’t waste any time getting downhill. Smith has the look of a powerful back with breakaway speed. The first couple clips in his highlight film (linked below) are long touchdown runs that barely require a cut. Smith finds the hole, accelerates then outruns would-be tacklers. Smith shows quality vision on jet sweeps, picking his way through crowds and into the open field. Smith can bounce runs outside but his best work is done between the tackles. Plus he seems to know that, which is the sign of a running back capable of sticking to his strengths.
"Jahmir is an awesome, driven young man that happens to be really good at football. His overall perspective of life, football, [and] college, it's not normal. It's not what you see in a 17-year old kid. He has a 4.0 GPA. He wants to be an anesthesiologist. He has it figured out. He's going to have most of this [core] high school classes done this semester.” — Lee County assistant Foster Cates to Inside Carolina
Smith isn’t giving much away in terms of his recruitment. North Carolina is a serious player as the most prominent in-state program involved. N.C. State is in the mix too. He’s taken recent visits to Northwestern and Wisconsin, so distance doesn’t seem to be much of a factor. Notre Dame looks like his best offer on paper. Perhaps the combination of academics and athletics is something in which Smith will be interested.
Autry Denson, Chip Long
Two total. Notre Dame already has a commitment from four-star running back Markese Stepp, who’s been firmly pledged since last summer. And even with a stocked backfield currently, the Irish have continued to look for a complement to Stepp in the Class of 2018 It’ll be a small class in all, so one more running back is the absolute maximum.
Markese Stepp (committed), Jashaun Corbin, Lyn-J Dixon, Keaontay Ingram, Christian Turner