LB/ATH Curtis Smith of Cleveland Glenville was rated in the spring issue of Ohio High magazine as one of Ohio's top ten overall prospects. Smith lists offers so far from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Akron, and Eastern Michigan (although he added "I'm not sure about Cincinnati.")
Academics are one reason why more schools haven't offered. Smith takes his test June 12th.
"I know if I get that squared away, I'll get more offers," he said.
So far, Smith (6-2, 230) lists Pitt, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati, Purdue, and Ohio State as the schools recruiting him the hardest. Any leaders?
"Pitt and Ohio State," he said.
Smith can play many positions on the football field. He says most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end, but some are recruiting him as a fullback and even as a running back.
Where does he think he'll play in college?
"I don't know, probably linebacker," he said. "But what I would really like to play is running back."
Smith says that because more schools are starting to recruit him, a decision won't come soon.
"I think I'm going to wait," he said. "There are so many now. Ohio State, Iowa, Indiana, Eastern Michigan, Connecticut, LSU, Pitt."
What will be the deciding factors in his choice?
"I'm not sure what will push me to choose a school," he said. "It's going to be a gut feeling. Where I think I can play the earliest is going to play a part though."
Smith recently just wrapped up the track season, in which he performed quite well.
"I did run track, but what I do is shot and discus," he said. "Monday before the state meet I threw 57 feet in practice. My best in competition is 53.6. I was fourth in the region."