Cajun commit looking at UW

Derrick Smith has a choice to make with signing day fast approaching

Derrick Smith, a speedy two-star receiver from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be receiving two letters of intent for Wednesday's signing day.

Either the University of Wisconsin or Louisiana-Lafayette will secure his signature.

Smith, a 6-foot, 175-pound prospect, made a verbal commitment to Louisiana-Lafayette in early December, but after taking an official visit to Wisconsin this weekend (Jan. 28-30), the Badgers are right in the mix.

"Now it is Lafayette and Wisconsin," Smith said. "Both schools are going to fax the letter."

Smith, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds, could also play cornerback in college, though both the Badgers and Cajuns are recruiting him primarily as a wide receiver.

"I only had like 16 catches for like 300 yards," Smith said. "We ran a lot."

Smith's prep teammate Elijah Hodge, a 4-star linebacker, committed to UW Dec. 23.

"[He] says it's a good school, great exposure and he's talking about the facilities," Smith said.

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Bret Bielema recruited Hodge and is recruiting Smith. The Badgers began showing interest towards the end of his high school season, Smith said.

"Actually Coach B just started recruiting me and I just started looking into it from there," Smith said.

In addition to Wisconsin and Louisiana-Lafayette, Smith has scholarship offers from Rutgers, Eastern Michigan and Florida Atlantic as a wide receiver. He said Auburn recruited him as a cornerback but never offered a scholarship.

Until recently, Smith said, he had been considering Rutgers along with the Cajuns.

Now, he expects to decide between Wisconsin and Louisiana-Lafayette Tuesday night, just before signing day.


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