Recruiting Update - K.L. Smith

You might not have heard much from Copley CB K.L. Smith yet this year, but he is one of the top CB prospects in Northern Ohio. He was one of the many prospects at OSU Senior Advanced Camp, and we caught up with him recently to find out the latest.

K.L. Smith is a player from Copley High School (OH) who we have been trying to get in contact with for some time now and we have finally caught up with him. There is not a lot of information on the Web about this CB/FS/RB, but he fills us in on how his recruiting is going and talks about attending the Ohio State camp.

Smith doesn't recall his offensive statistics from last season, but on the defensive side of the ball he recorded 70 solo tackles, 20 assists, 3 interceptions and returned 1 for a touchdown for the Copley Indians. He is a versatile player on defense playing both the cornerback and free safety position. He likes the freedom of the free safety position but says he will probably be a corner in college.

He has already received offers from Miami (OH) and Kent State; his favorite schools that are interested in him include Penn State, Northwestern, and Ohio State. However, Smith is not ready to make a decision on which of these universities he will attend. He likes Ohio State's campus, the football team, and he used to live in Columbus so he already knows his way around city.

At Ohio State's camp last week, Smith measured 6'0", 170 lbs, and ran a 4.4 forty. As far as what he did best at camp, Smith says, "Whenever the coaches spoke, I listened really well just to take it all in."

Smith says the drills they ran that will help him the most are all the cone drills, breaking on the ball, and backpedaling; furthermore, he feels the man-on-man drills and 7-on-7 were really beneficial.

"I got a lot out of camp," explains Smith. "I improved a lot of things I need to learn the corner position better. I learned a lot of corner footwork that I am going to work on this season."

Playing both offense and defense is the most challenging part of playing football for Smith. "Keeping up the intensity and coming out every game and trying to play your hardest is tough when your playing offense and defense," he said.

He hopes to reach the 2000-yard mark rushing this season and to register more interceptions than last season. Winning the Suburban League Title is another one of Smith's top priorities as well.

Some of the players at camp that Smith says stood out include Ted Ginn, Nick Patterson, and Erik Haw, who was recently offered a scholarship to become a Buckeye.

Smith also runs the 800, 400, 200, 100, and long jump for the Copley track team. He carries a 3.2 GPA and is involved with Copley's Students United, which recognizes cultural diversity. He plans on majoring in business and law in college.


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