Smith, who has that WR size everyone is looking for, also has that football/basketball connection that so many receivers seem to posses that excites college recruiters looking for athletes. During the 2008 football season, Smith had 51 receptions for 1,071 yards and nine touchdowns. He also intercepted seven passes from his defensive back position. Smith will only have to travel 5 miles from his home to the Notre Dame campus.
Smith may have the honor of being Indiana's first high school commitment of the class of 2010, but several others are putting together a recruiting portfolio of offers.
Blake Lueders, the big Zionsville high school linebacker, is packing a portfolio of offers. In fact, his offers span the coasts. He has offers from Stanford and North Carolina. Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, and Purdue have all offered as well. Lueders has an eye on business schools. He has proven he is no academic risk, which is evident from the offers. Stanford and Northwestern are not easy entries. Given his football skills, he has positioned himself as the defensive catch form the state of Indiana for 2010. Most colleges have him playing at defensive end, at 6-5 245lbs. Having watched him at practice and on game film, it is rather intimidating to see a 6-5 245lb linebacker in the middle of Zionsville defense who has speed and quickness.
James Hurst, Plainfield High School's standout offensive lineman, has the pedigree with a father playing his football in the Southeastern Conference and his brother, Nelson, playing tight end at Mississippi State. But make no mistake, James is his own man. James has the size at 6-5 271lbs and he turned the heads of all those at the recent Army Jr. Combine in San Antonio. He earned scout.com's top offensive line honors as his numbers signaled his athletic abilities. Plainfield's head coach Brian Woodard has seen his big offensive linemen mature in so many ways and looks forward to his senior season this fall.
Dyjuan Lewis is a receiver from Indianapolis Pike who has caught the attention of several recruiters to the point that he has been offered by 5 Big 10 schools. That list includes Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue – all seeking his verbal commitment. The 6'2" 180 lb. junior athletic skills were on display in San Antonio, TX at the Jr. Army Combine in January. It has been reported in another scout article that Lewis held his own while testing.
There are several more players in Indiana who are getting attention. Everyone's consensus is that Roderick Smith is the number one running back candidate in the class of 2010. IVS will be making a trip to Paul Harding High School for an exclusive on the running back from Ft. Wayne. Stay tuned and keep track as we move across the state in search of talented football players in the class of 2010.