LaChaston Smith talks recruiting

LaChaston "Ray Ray" Smith was named Catawba Valley Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. He followed up with an equally impressive junior season at South Iredell High School and now holds seven Division 1 offers. Although most of his offers have been at outside linebacker, it was Wake Forest who offered him at safety. Smith talks about it here with DeaconSports.

"It was January 17th when I received my first offer from UVA," said LaChaston Smith. "Wake Forest offered a week later. They said they liked the way I hit people. In coverage they like how I play with open hips. I haven't been able to make it there yet, but I am making plans to visit in the future. They're a good program that's rebuilding a little bit for another outstanding run."

There's plenty of competition for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Smith. One day after the Virginia offer, Florida did the same. North Carolina offered soon after Wake Forest, then did East Carolina. Most recently Tennessee and Georgia State extended offers with South Carolina making serious overtures. He credits the attention to a strong junior season.

"It went great, but it was cut short due to a Jones fracture in my foot," Smith said. "In 10 games I had 82 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two interceptions I returned for touchdowns, and five forced fumbles."

Another reason schools are high on Smith is his recent showing at a combine held in April in Charlotte.

"I'm definitely back to 100-percent," Smith stated. "I dominated at the combine. I was ranked number three among the skill position players. I had a 28-inch vertical, a 4.6 flat in the 40, and a 4.2 in the shuttle."

For the second straight year Smith was named First Team All-Catawba Valley Athletic in North Carolina 2A football despite missing the playoffs. His team, the Vikings, fell to West Stokes in the third round of the 2-AA playoffs after an undefeated regular season.

Smith also plays basketball and runs track at South Iredell in Statesville, N.C. He reports a 3.3 GPA.

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