We've known about Jackie Smith for almost a year now and we were finally able to track the Mauldin star down for an interview. The talented senior cornerback doesn't hold any offers but very well could be a strong candidate for a JUCO or prep school due to his play the past two seasons for the Mavericks.
A number of colleges have been in contact with Jackie Smith and he talked about some of the schools he's heard from.
Although it's very late in the recruiting cycle for Smith he says that if he has to take the JUCO or prep school route then he's willing to take that step in order to continue his education and football career.
"I don't mind going that route at all. If I have to go that way then it would be really good to help me continue to get better."
Two seasons ago Smith burst onto the radar with a strong junior season in which he had 9 interceptions, deflected 20 passes, and made 61 tackles for the Mavericks. What many people didn't realize is that his junior season was Smith's first year of football.
Opposing teams did their homework and knew better than to test Smith too often this past season as a senior. He finished his senior campaign with 53 tackles, a fumble recovery, 16 pass deflections, and 4 interceptions. He also contributed heavily on special teams with 2 punt returns and 1 kickoff return for touchdowns.
The 5'11 171 pound cornerback knows where his bread and butter lies on the field and he talked about his biggest strength and where he hopes to improve as well.
"My biggest strength is my closing speed in coverage. I'd like to get better at my jamming ability to become an even better corner."
Smith and the Mavericks played in arguably the state's toughest region playing against the likes of the past two AAAA Division 1 state champions, Byrnes and Dorman. Having such tough competition helped Smith by leaps and bounds and he talked about who he felt was the team that he felt was the toughest.
"Dorman High was the toughest team we faced. As far as the toughest player I've went up against I'd say Charone Peake because he is a very good and fast receiver. He has good football skills and great hands. He was the number one receiver in the state for a reason."
Although Dorman was his toughest matchup Smith says his game against Woodmont was his best of his senior season. He was able to take a kickoff return to the house and had a number of big time punt returns to help setup some scores for the offense. The end result? A player of the week award for Smith.
SCPrepNation.com will continue to track the recruitment of Jackie Smith and other top prospects here in South Carolina. Below you can check out some more measurables and fun facts about Jackie Smith.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JACKIE SMITH
Bench press max: 240 pounds
Squat max: 385 pounds
Power clean max: 235 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.51 seconds
Vertical: 33 inches
Pro Shuttle: 4.00 seconds
A CLOSER LOOK...JACKIE SMITH
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite music artist: Darlene Zszhech
Favorite subject in school: Social Studies
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: Read books
Favorite movie: Facing the Giants
What girl would you take on your dream date? Halle Berry
If you could meet any 2 people in the world who would you choose? Deion Sanders and Charles Woodson
What is something that most people would be surprised to know about you outside of football? That I love to read a lot and that I try to help needy people as much as I can. I go to the Special Olympics every year.