Smith an impressive all-around athlete

One of many things coaches look for when recruiting a prospect is versatility. Erico Smith of Spencer County High (Ky.) is the type of athlete that shows his versatility on the field every game.

One of many things coaches look for when recruiting a prospect is versatility. Erico Smith of Spencer County High (Ky.) is the type of athlete that shows his versatility on the field every game.

Erico Smith could line up at wide receiver, quarterback, running back, linebacker or safety and his physical skills would make him a threat to make a play at any of those spots on either side of the ball. "I played decent last season," said Smith. "I played quarterback which was my first time at the position, so I was learning a lot on the fly to gain experience," he said. "I made a lot of big plays, but also a lot of big mistakes," he continued.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder ran the ball quite a bit from the quarterback spot, with 137 carries, 953 yards and 11 touchdowns. He threw for 230 yards and four touchdowns and caught six passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.

"I describe myself as a player who lets the game come to me and takes what the defensive gives me," he said. "I'm at my best when I'm out in space and can use my speed (4.51) to make plays," he continued. "I need to improve my footwork and finish runs with power," finished Smith.

Smith went to camps this summer at Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky this summer. He felt like his performances gradually improved.

"At Georgia Tech, they were looking for me to play quarterback. I struggled a little bit completing the deep ball, but I was strong in drills that showed my running ability," he said. "At UK I listed myself as a running back. I excelled in one-on-ones but struggled in the ladder drills. At Eastern Kentucky is where my stock rose the most. I was able to perform in every aspect of the camp," he finished.

Smith has no offers, but both Georgia Tech and Eastern Kentucky have been in contact the most at this point.

Meanwhile, Smith has improved in some areas of his game and has high expectations for himself and his team next season.

"My biggest improvements are my route running and my hands have improved very much this summer," he said. "My personal goal (for next season) is to rush for 1500 yards because anything less will be considered a disappointment to me. I also haven't won a playoff game since I've been in high school, so to advance into the playoffs also (is a goal)," finished Smith.


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