Lance Smith Q&A

Warren, Ohio running back – prospect profile

Lance Smith is a highly regarded running back prospect out of the talent-rich state of Ohio. The Warren Howland High School star made his verbal commitment to Wisconsin in August and solidified it following an official visit this month.

Smith set Howland's single-season rushing record with 1,845 yards and 19 touchdowns and its career marks with 4,008 yards and 44 scores.

Smith typically stands about 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds. His weight, however, changed dramatically during his official visit to Wisconsin Jan. 20-22.

"The thing about it was this," Smith said, "… when I went up there, right when I got there, I was about 5-10, 5-11. Right when I got there, I was 190 on the dot. Well, two days later, when I stepped on the scale, I was 197 or something. And all I was (doing) was eating. So I'm like ‘dang, man.' So right now I haven't checked my weight but last time I checked I was 197."

Smith says he runs a "legit 4.5" in the 40-yard dash, that he squads 370 pounds, has a bench press max of 350 and can rep 225 on the bench 18 times.

Smith said his cumulative grade-point average is about a 2.9 or a 3.0 and that he scored a 22 on his ACT. Do you have a major in mind for college?

Lance Smith: "Right now I think I'll probably go in undecided but . . . sports medicine (is a possibility)."

BN: What was your favorite memory from your official visit?

LS: "Just the players, how enjoyable they are. I can't wait to get up there with them. The stood up about everything They wouldn't beat around the bush. They don't seem like the type of players like you don't even want to be around. They seem like somebody you always want to be around, people you can go and talk to no matter what."

BN: Did you have a favorite college team growing up?

LS: "No, but I see Ron Dayne running around, I was younger, probably in middle school and stuff, and him winning the Heisman. When you're young whatever team won in the nation, you're going to like, of course. I was more of a bandwagon. This year, I like USC regardless because they've got Reggie Bush and everything. That's my man, that's my idol and stuff. I used to like Miami when they won it, but I never really had a feel for Ohio State like that."

BN: Is Reggie Bush your favorite athlete?

LS: "Yeah, yeah, by far."

BN: Why is that?

LS: "When he steps on the field, people know him, regardless. They've got to shoot him down or you have no chance. They know like you have to focus on him, period. I like his style. Our styles are kind of similar. He's very explosive, he's very shifty and he's never going to be ran down, regardless."

BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW?

LS: "No, not really, not at all… the (tailback) position is up for grabs. (Brian) Calhoun is not there no more. I don't anticipate it. I hope I don't have to but we'll see."

BN: What would you say your goals are for your whole career at Wisconsin?

LS: "Just to be successful and be able to have a good positive aspect about the school and to be able to talk good about the school when I leave there. Hopefully I can use school to get me to the next level."

BN: Where do you think you will be or where do you want to be in 10 years?

LS: "In 10 years, probably, what's the average in the NFL career usually, about seven years?"

BN: It depends on the position. That's a pretty good estimation.

LS: "Hopefully retired."

BN: From the league?

LS: "Yeah, with some Super Bowls. . . . I don't want to be too beat up."

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