J.J. proves he is no fluke

This year, look for the name of J. J. Smith if you are in the Hub City area. Smith can provide speed, power and the knack to make the big play. <br> <br> J. J. was in town for Ole Miss' Junior Day, and we called to see how his visit went.<br>

The following information was revealed during our interview with Mr. Smith

What is your current height, weight, and forty time? "I am 6' 0", 190, and I run a 4.48."

Which position are you being recruited to play on the next level? "Tailback."

How long have you been starting for Forrest County? "For two years."

What makes you a good running back? "Just my explosiveness. I take the game seriously. Some guys are just happy to get a starting job. Not me, I want to be the star on the field, period. Anything less and I am miserable. That is what keeps me going. I do not want to be the best, I have to be the best. I am coming out every day, every play, every game as hard as I can. Also, I have excellent speed and vision. I feel that is what makes me a good running back."

What are you trying to work on to take your game to the next level? "Right now, I am trying to get stronger, bigger, and faster and still put up better numbers. I want to double my stats from last year, and if I do that, I will know I have gotten better."

What were your stats from your junior campaign? "I rushed for 1, 684 yards on 112 carries. I had 19 rushing TD's, 2 passing TD's, and 4 receiving TD's. I also had over 2, 800 all-purpose yards."

Which awards did you receive for your play? "WDAM, the Hattiesburg American, and Prep Sports Weekly named me 1st Team All-Area."

Where is Allen Armstrong now? "Man, Allen and I are like brothers. He lives right down the road from me. He redshirted at Pear River CC last year, and he is doing good."

Did you attend any football camps last summer? "No sir, but I am going to the Nike Camp at Georgia Tech on May 8th. I am also going to Ole Miss' Sr Camp. Those are the only camps that I have set in stone."

Which schools are currently writing you the most? "I would say Nebraska and Arkansas."

Who else is writing you? "I am getting letters from LSU, West Virginia, Marshall, Ole Miss, MSU, Colorado, Alabama, and that is basically it. There are some others too."

Any offers yet? "Yes sir, West Virginia and USM have."

In your opinion, which school wants you the most? "Ole Miss, and let me see, I do not know, maybe Nebraska."

Which schools have caught your eye? "Ole Miss really. I took a visit there like a week ago. I liked it. They have a good atmosphere there."

Tell us how your visit went. "It was great. They showed us around the campus. We got to know the staff well. We saw the workouts they do in the offseason and during the season (they watched film with their position coach). I loved it up there."

Did anyone accompany you on your trip? "Yes sir, my godfather."

How did he like Ole Miss? "He loved their atmosphere too. He is thinking it should be one of my final picks."

What new did you learn about Ole Miss during your trip? "Their coaches treat their players so good. They make sure they stay on top of their grades and work ethics. They treat their players like family. Their coaching staff is so likeable."

What stood out the most during your trip? "That I get along with their staff really well. Their playbook is pretty similar to what we run now. It would not be a hard transition for me if I went there. I fit in good at Ole Miss. Just the love they have for their players. They make sure they take care of their business in more places thanjust the football field. That is what I really liked the most about Ole Miss."

Are you going to attend anymore Junior Days this Spring? "LSU invited me to theirs, but I decided to not go. Alabama wanted me to come this weekend, but I can not make it. I think I am going to go to MSU's on March 27th. I have decided to go back up to Ole Miss for their Spring game. It is like on April 17th."

What are going to be the main factors in your decision? "I am looking for a family atmosphere. Just somewhere to fit in. Somewhere to get some playing time. I would like to start by my sophomore year, as long as I do with what is expected of me. Location will also be a factor, but not the deciding factor."

J.J. Smith carries a 2.0 GPA and took the ACT test for the first time in February.


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