We first caught up with Derrick Smith (5'11" and 175 pounds) a little over a month ago. Smith had just returned from a successful performance at the Greg Schiano Football camp, held on the campus of Rutgers University. Derrick (Dillard HS, Fort Lauderdale, FL ) was one of several Dillard standouts that made the trip up north.
Derrick Smith is listed at 5'11" and 175 pounds. His primary position is RB, but he has played WR as well. At the Rutgers camp Derrick ran a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, twice, and a 4.3 in the shuttle.
During recent weeks, Smith has been getting ready for his upcoming senior season. "We just had our kick-off classic. Our first game is this Thursday. Our goal for this year is to go to States." During the off-season, Smith has been busy working out with his teammates and improving his skills.
His list of college suitors has changed somewhat since we last talked with Smith. He now lists Michigan State, Auburn, and South Carolina as some of the teams that Rutgers will do battle with in the recruiting wars.
While Smith explained that Rutgers had not extended an offer immediately after camp, Coach Schiano and staff have since reconsidered. Given the staff's innate ability to spot talent where most other coaches miss it, Rutgers fans should be fully aware that GS & Co. may have done it again. "Yeah, I received an offer from Rutgers in writing."
Smith will be traveling to Rutgers for an official visit for the upcoming Rutgers - Michigan State contest this upcoming Saturday. Joining him will be two of his Dillard High teammates, Chris McClover (WR) and Elijah Hodge (LB). All three players have been offered by Rutgers.
While Smith did indicate that a package deal is possible he stated that he will choose to wait to decide until after the end of his senior season. "Oh yeah, if we can go in a package, then we'd definitely do it. But I'm going to wait, until after the season. And I'll decide then."
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