Derrell Smith Thrilled to be Orange

Syracuse inked 22 top players from across the country on signing day. Delaware player of the year Derrell Smith was one of the last players to commit, but he could potentially have one of the biggest impacts.

Syracuse landed the Delaware Gatorade Player of Year when they inked Derrell Smith, a 6-foot-0, 215 pound running back from Newark. Smith played running back, fullback, and linebacker throughout his senior year and he is confident that he can make an impact in the backfield for the Orange.


"I consider myself to be a powerful runner, and I can also catch the ball.. If I had to compare myself to someone or if there was someone that I try to pattern my game after, it would be Cory Dillon. He is not the fastest runner, but like me, he takes the ball north and south. He does not run out of bounds."


After being impressed by what the Syracuse program had to offer him, the two-star prospect was keenly interested in receiving an offer from the Orange.



"I love Syracuse. The coaches were always down to earth and told you exactly what you needed to know. They were always real honest with me throughout the whole recruiting process."


"Everyone was real hospitable to me during my official visit. The coaches and my parents got along great. The academics at Syracuse are also outstanding. I want to go into mechanical engineering, and the school offers me a great opportunity to excel in that field."


"My host, Elon Mitchell, was also the perfect host. He was a very focused student, and you could tell he was intelligent just by talking to him. He is a civil engineering major, so it was nice to be able to ask him questions about that. He was real cool and told me everything I needed to know about Syracuse."


Smith also built a special bond with Coach Tim Cross, who was responsible for recruiting him throughout the year.


"Coach Cross was real cool," Smith said. "They were up in the air over whether they would offer me or not, but Coach Cross fought hard for me the whole time. He always told me the truth and let me know exactly where I stood with them. After he got me on campus and they offered the rest was history."


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