Good Score Could Mean Good Offer

Rodney Smith is taking the ACT next month. The four-star receiver from Archbishop Carroll High in Miami, Fla., has a number he needs to hit to earn a coveted scholarship offer.

Judging by his 3.24 GPA, Rodney Smith shouldn't have too much trouble scoring that 17 in June.

"(Notre Dame assistant coach Bernie Parmalee) said they're going to wait for my ACT score to come back, and then they're going to offer me," the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Smith said. "He told me if I get a 17 or higher. I can consider it a full offer.

"They really want me."

So does quite a few other places.

Smith holds scholarship offers from Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, Rutgers, Minnesota, Ole' Miss, Missouri, Central Florida, South Florida and Florida International. He is also hearing from Michigan, USC, LSU, Georgia, Oregon and Michigan State.

"I'd be very interested in going to Notre Dame," Smith answered when asked about a rumor that had the Irish in his top two. "I'm not going to say they'd be in my top two, but I'm pretty sure they'd be in my top five."

Not bad for a program he has never visited or received an offer from yet.

"They are a great academic school and I'd have a good chance of going to the next level," Smith said. "They are somebody that can help me become better as a person.

"I know they had a lot of young people on the team this past season, and they're getting better. I'm pretty sure they're going to be good this year coming up.

"My coaches like Notre Dame a lot. My mom does too, because if I wasn't able to make it in football, I'd be able to get a good job."

One of the top wide receiver prospects in South Florida, Smith finished his junior season with 36 catches for 627 yards and seven touchdowns. He also played free safety, using his 4.53 second speed in the 40-yard dash to register 35 tackles and intercept three passes, two of which he returned for scores. Archbishop Carroll advanced to the semifinals of the 2-A state playoffs.

Before the recruiting evaluation period began, Smith wasn't hearing too much from Notre Dame.

Since then, Parmalee has called and been by the school to see him. Smith is expecting to see Notre Dame again this week.

"They said they're very interested in me, and that I'm a very good wide receiver, and that I'm a very big red-zone threat."

Smith figures he'll make his college decision around February's signing day. So far, he has only visited South Florida and Miami. Smith plans to take a lot of trips this summer, and use all five of his official visits.

"I wanted to try and see USC, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Michigan. There is a lot of schools I want to go see." Top Stories