Prime Prep may only be in its second year of existence but numerous FBS prospects from around the area have decided to transfer there and play for NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
Jared Smith is one of them.
The 2014 linebacker went to Skyline before making the move when the new charter school opened its doors last fall. Smith says he has benefitted from learning from Sanders and his staff, which in turn has led to interest from schools such as North Texas and UTSA.
Although he currently holds no offers, Smith is hopeful his first one will come from SMU.
"I really like SMU. It's close to home. I like the fact that my parents would be able to come and watch me play. I would be really excited if they offered me," he said. "It's a good school heading into a new conference. It would be a good chance to play against some good competition and get a good education."
SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips visited Prime Prep this spring and has been keeping tabs on Smith as well as his teammates Josh Ehambe and James Proche throughout the last couple of months.
"I talked to Coach Phillips at junior day and he talked to me about the recruiting process," he said. "I've gotten a couple of emails from him here and there. He recently sent me a list of the camp dates, and I should be able to make it on July 28."
As mentioned, Smith visited SMU for junior day back in February and was blown away by the campus and facilities.
"Junior day was great. What really caught my eye was the weight room because I love being in there," he said. "The campus is big and you can tell that they are heavy on education so that's a plus too."
While on the Hilltop, Smith also got a chance to meet head coach June Jones.
"June Jones is a nice coach. He seems like he has your best interest at heart. He tries to prepare you for the next level and for life," Smith said. "Coach Phillips is kind of the same way. He cares about me not only on the field but also off it. That makes me want to play for them."
Smith hopes to impress the staff later this month but for now, he is focusing on training with defensive backs coach Clay Mack to improve his footwork. The 6-foot, 220-pounder showed improvements at Sunday's Quick Twitch camp and hopes it carries over to the field this fall.
"My expectations for this upcoming year are to make a good playoff run and play as a team," Smith said. "Having a full season is going to be great. It wasn't fair what happened to us last year so we're ready to show that we can play."
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