Laray Smith Awaits Oregon Offer

When you think about areas where high school football reigns supreme over every other sport, New York isn't usually mentioned as one of those areas. Just ask three-star running back Laray Smith (Brooklyn, NY) out of Xaverian High School.

"A lot of people know us for basketball…but we have football. Talent too," Smith said.

This hasn't stopped the senior, who rushed for nearly 1,000 yards as a junior, from attracting attention from several programs including Oregon. However, the Ducks have yet to offer a scholarship to Smith, who already has offers from Tennessee, Connecticut, Purdue and Syracuse to name a few.

He has a visit set up with Tennessee, but Smith said he would like to take a trip out west to Eugene…if the offer comes of course. Talks with Oregon's coaching staff have gone well enough for Smith to say he's "about 70 percent" confident that the Ducks will extend an offer to him soon.

"I like them a lot," he said. "I feel I could fit their offense and make an impact."

Smith acknowledges that being 3,000 miles away makes it tougher to make an impact on the West Coast, but his confidence hasn't wavered, even after being sidelined with a high ankle sprain last week.

"I know I'm from New York, but my talent will take me far," Smith said.

And his goals for his senior season reflect his drive. While he wants to lead his team to a state championship, his personal aspirations are just as lofty.

"I want to be the best back in the state," he said. "Or maybe the nation."


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