Wimberley Sophomore on the Radar

Wimberley is home to one of the top 2012 prospects in the state of Texas. Running back Dennis Smith is already on the radar of college programs including the Texas Longhorns. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Smith to discuss his options.

As the football recruiting process continues its trend to getting in on prospects at as young of an age as possible, more and more freshmen are going to be popping up on the radar. That is the case for Wimberley running back Dennis Smith.

The 6-0, 210-pounder is days away from entering his sophomore season for the 3A Texans team that won state in 2005 and college programs are already beginning to knock down the door.

Smith was a star in district 8-3A as a freshman rushing for 1,275 yards and 15 touchdowns while also logging time as an outside linebacker on third downs as well as logging time on the kickoff return team.

The powerfully built prospect held his coming out party in the district opener against Burnet.

"My best game had to be against Burnet," Smith said. "We were struggling at the time and won 27-21 at their place. I had 218 yards. It was our first district game."

College programs began taking notice of the talented youngster around that time. This summer, Smith has made college camps his focus attending three.

"I attended camps at Texas, Texas Tech and Hardin-Simmons. I went to Texas on June 14. It was my first time to camp at Texas because I usually go to Texas Tech a lot. The family I live with have always been Texas Tech fans. I liked the Texas camp. There was a lot of competition. Texas did a lot of individual work at their camp. I went to Texas Tech again too (attended the last two summers). Texas Tech didn't do as much individual stuff," Smith said.

One of the highlights for Smith at Texas camp was meeting head coach Mack Brown as well as running backs coach Major Applewhite.

"I got to talk to Mack Brown and Major Applewhite. They said that they had heard a lot of good things about me and were glad I was there," Smith said.

With the first practice for the Texans right around the corner on August 3rd, the sophomore is thinking big things in 2009 with a couple of goals in mind.

"I'm ready for the season. My goals are to rush for more than 2,000 yards, make the playoffs and hopefully get to the state title. Really, getting over 2,000 yards and getting back to the playoffs are my main goals," Smith said.

Cracking the 2,000-yard mark will not be easy as Smith may play a bigger role on defense in 2009 with a position move to the defensive backfield.

"I'm going to play corner this year, so we'll see how that goes. I may play more on defense, but I'm not sure," Smith said.

While Smith will log time on defense for Wimberley for the next three years, he really wants to play on the offensive side of the ball at the next level.

"I really want to be an offensive player in college. I want to play running back, but I would consider defense to play for a major program," Smith said.

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