San Jose State Commitment Impact: Cornerback Cam Smith

InsideTheSpartans.com breaks down the impact of Cam Smith's commitment to the Spartans.

Committed Over: (Only reported offer)

http://www.scout.com/player/197219-cam-smith

On Film: One attribute Cam Smith certainly has is good hands. Originally a wide receiver, he shows his ball skills on both offense and defense. He played both ways as a senior and accounted for touchdown receptions as well as interceptions.

At just over six-feet tall, he also has an advantage in one-on-one coverage. He shows his ability to disrupt receivers and make it difficult for them to create separation with the taller corner draped on them. He is also fast and served as his school's returner - you can see the combination of his height and athleticism on returns as he makes especially long strides in the open field.

There is not a ton of evidence that shouts out to a viewer that Smith is ready to jump in at corner at San Jose State as a freshman, but there is a lot of evidence that he is a playmaker and a talented athlete that would find his way onto the field for any Mountain West school in any of the three phases of the game sooner rather than later.

Recruiting Impact: Cam Smith played as a wide receiver through his junior year, but Scout analysts ranked him as a three-star cornerback after seeing him on the offseason circuit. His senior season at CB did not help him much in the rankings, however - he dropped from No. 103 to No. 115 nationally. In California, he ranked as the No. 20 corner in the state. Six California corners ahead of him signed on with other Mountain West schools.

His rankings did not got improve, nor did his offer sheet. San Jose State remained his first and only offer after his commitment.

While still a three-star recruit, Smith was a part of a three-recruit haul last summer. JaQuan Blackwell and Marquise Green also announced commitments in a ceremony held by their seven-on-seven program “Ground Zero.” The Spartans did well to hold onto all three despite losing Donte Williams who was their primary recruiter.  

San Jose State has players like Andre Chachere, Jermaine Kelly and Tae'on Mason ready to contribute at corner, but the 2016 class should provide depth for future seasons, allowing Smith to develop.

Quotable: “As soon as they offered the scholarship, I said I was going to commit right on the spot,” Smith said when he committed. “I like the recruiting and I like coach Donte and what he said about San Jose State and what they’ll offer. The things he told me, which was that it’s like Los Angeles, but smaller - I like that type of stuff. I just like the way Donte coaches. I’m like him and he said he recruits people that are like him.”

Coach's Comment: "Cam has the size and athleticism that makes him an outstanding prospect for our secondary. He covers well in man-to-man coverage situations and has a knack for making plays." - SJSU Head Coach Ron Caragher

Final Thought: Any Mountain West program should be proud to land a three-star recruit, though Cam Smith may be a project with more experience needed at corner. He is a talented athlete who should find a way onto the field somehow for SJSU.


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