Smith aiming for freshman impact

South Carolina wide receiver signee Kwinton Smith is excited to put his stamp on the Gamecocks' football programing. Get to know Smith a little bit better inside as he gets ready to enroll next week.

Former Dillon (S.C.) standout Kwinton Smith signing with South Carolina in February was somewhat overshadowed by fellow wide receiver signee Shaq Roland.

But as a four-star prospect, according to, Smith is considered one of the most talented receiver prospects in the country in his own right.

The 6-foot-5, 205 pound receiver will enroll for Summer I at South Carolina next week and he's got playing as a freshman on his mind. Smith will enter a receiving corps that has plenty of overall talent but is looking for a go-to receiver in the absence of second round draft pick Alshon Jeffery.

Wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. "tells me that I've got a good chance of playing," Smith says. "And he said that he got that from the head coach [Steve Spurrier]. They told me to work hard over the summer and get ready, because there's a good chance I'm going to be playing."

Smith, who hopes to wear No. 9 (his high school number), has been trying to get himself ready for the upcoming intense summer workouts.

"I've been playing baseball and trying to do little stuff at the same time to get ready," he said. "I'm just trying to get in shape right now and get through the running part, and when I get (to Columbia) hit the weights hard."

Smith says that Spurrier, Jr. has told him to be prepared to learn both the outside and inside receiver spots.

Other than his obvious physical talents that helped him snag 79 passes for 1,373 yards and 25 touchdowns over his last two seasons in a run-based offense, Smith likes to take a strong mental approach to each game.

"I really try to get deep into the film and try to get the little things," he says. "And once you get those down, you can just let your abilities take over, really. So, I take pride in getting in the film room and trying to study a lot."

He and the Head Ball coach should get along just fine.

"Oh, it's going to be good," Smith says. "You're always going to have a lot of people watching you, because people are always wanting to see what he does, and it's up to us to make him look good by doing what he tells us to."

Smith will room with Roland, Jody Fuller and Kelvin Rainey.

Getting to know Kwinton Smith

What do you want fans to remember about you?
My work ethic and my leadership.
Favorite food?
BBQ ribs
Favorite pro team?
Texas Rangers
Favorite movie?
The Longest Yard
Favorite actor?
Denzel Washington
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I sing in church choir a lot

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