The season ended prematurely for Dillard High School. A season that started with such promise, with several D1A caliber talent on the squad, including Derrick Smith, Chris McClover, and Elijah Hodge, has come to a screeching halt, well short of expectations.
"We had our season ended," stated Derrick Smith, the 5'11" multi-talented athlete from Dillard in a recent interview.
"One of our players was declared ineligible. So we couldn't even go into the playoffs. We would have made the playoffs."
Instead, Derrick Smith (5'11" and 175 pounds) and his teammates will begin to focus on their personal recruiting and off-season development.
Smith's primary position had been RB, but this year he has seen significant playing time at WR, as a DB, and as a specialist, returning both kick-offs and punts. This versatility is what makes Smith such an exciting prospect.
In a shortened season, Smith had 13 receptions for over 300 yards, had over 100 rushing, and over 200 yards on kick returns/punts. All this in addition to playing Cornerback, his future position at the next level.
Smith had intended to reschedule his official visit (initially set for the MSU game) to Rutgers, the weekend of the West Virginia game. Circumstances were such that he was not able to attend. Will Smith still take an official to Rutgers?
Indeed, he will. "I'll be coming up the 10th, 11th and 12th [of December]."
So where does Rutgers stand at this point among Smith's suitors?
"I just got my Top 3 schools that I like right now. Rutgers, Auburn (verbal offer) and the University of Louisiana."