Focus '09: Gino Smith

Among the rising names in the 2009 class is strong armed QB Gino Smith. By way of Miramar HS Smith's abilities include a strong arm, and accurate passing. His speed has recruiters from some of the best programs in the nation inquiring about the 6'3" signal caller.

Quarterback Gino Smith, (6’3" 200 lbs) from Miramar High School (Miramar, FL) will be one of the top quarterback recruits in the 2009 class.

Gino has many strengths that will make him amongst the most coveted QBs in the nation. He has an extremely strong and accurate arm. He already possesses very solid throwing mechanics. He also is very athletic and has the ability to make plays with his feet. Lastly, he is a student of the game and makes good decisions on and off the field.

"I have always known that if I put the time in with my studies and stay focused with football, that my athleticism could pay dividends and provide a great education for me one day", stated Smith.

I began following Geno Smith three years ago. At that time, Gino was one of the more impressive 9th graders I have ever watched play the Quarterback position at that stage in development. Smith’s numbers for that year were modest. He started playing after the fourth game of the season and ended the year with 8 td’s passing, 4 rushing, and a total of 833 yards. But for a young player to showcase natural command this early is impressive.

As a sophomore Gino threw for 980 yards, 10 Td’s passing and 4 Td’s rushing with only 2 INTs. Although his passing yards were not eye-popping, Gino has continued to mature and will be one of the better passers coming out in the 2009 class. In his first game this season he was 15 for 21, 5 Td’s and no interceptions, throwing for 305 yards in a 48 to 20 victory.

I had the chance at many different combines this past year to see Gino throw along side some of this years class of elite Qb’s: E.J. Manuel, Star Jackson, D.C. Jefferson, and Jacory Harris. Gino would be considered in the same league with them and all have committed to top Division one programs.

When asked what schools would be his early leaders he had this to say: "I have not really gotten the chance to visit many schools but plan on doing so in the upcoming year. I am familiar with West Virginia because I camped there this summer and I like all the Florida schools, but I am wide open."

Gino is a close friend and former teammate of current Rutgers freshman Justin Francis. He hopes to visit Rutgers in the future and also to check out New York City.

Other schools of interest include Oregon, Boston College, Ole Miss, South Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

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