Smith Primed For Senior Season

Shane Smith is a junior cornerback who is hungry and ready to put in the work to ensure that he's a hotly-recruited senior. Read further to get the details on the '12 prospect from West Johnston HS in North Carolina.

As a junior, Shane Smith (West Johnston HS) accounted for 55 tackles and one interception and he's planning to take in Junior Day at Clemson, North Carolina State, and Georgia Tech.

"I sent off my highlights to Mike Dooley at Clemson and I'm getting mail from Georgia Tech," said Smith, a 5-foot-10, 187-pounder with 4.5 speed. "My strengths are the way I break on the football, and I'm a sure tackler.

"I pattern my game after Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots. Also, I like Darrelle Revis (Jets). I'm looking forward to going against wide receivers Chris Comidy (South Johnston) and Tristan Walker (Southeast Raleigh) next year. They're both juniors."

Smith also expects to play offense next season, most likely at wide receiver.

Scout's Take: Smith exhibits good awareness and instincts when the football is in the air. He plays with intelligence and stays at home for a proper amount of time. On film, he snuffed out an opponent's drive in the red zone with a timely interception. Smith wasn't fooled when the play initially appeared to be a reverse to the opposite side. He read the trick play the whole way and promptly intercepted the reverse pass.

Opposing wide receivers are often left frustrated when Smith drops them with a perfect form tackle on short passes. He wraps up below the knees, preventing the ballcarrier from advancing forward.

Smith needs to continue improving his hands, as he could have picked off a few more passes (that were broken up instead). At times, he needs to play with a little more confidence when it comes to going for the interception (in lieu of just going for the big hit, especially when the pass is around the line of scrimmage).

He has a thirst for run support, which is always a huge plus for a corner. Does a nice job of shedding blockers and is quite willing to attack RBs.

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