At 5'8 185 pounds 2012 Dorman running back Raymond Smith doesn't get a lot of second looks usually if you were to see him walking amongst a crowd. Once he's on the football field though that all changes in a hurry. Last season Smith powered Dorman to another successful season as their primary back and on Saturday he made the ride down to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School to compete in the Badger Sport South Showcase Combine. Mr. Smith put in work against a talented group of prospects and came home with the most outstanding running back award.
College coaches shouldn't be deterred by Smith's size because the 2012 back plays for one of the state's perennial powerhouses in AAAA. Smith has been a force the past 2 seasons for the Cavaliers winning the AAAA Division 1 state title in 2009 and losing in the championship game this past season in 2010. His numbers were extremely impressive considering the weapons that Dorman had on their perimeter in 2011 WR Charone Peake and CB/WR Adam Humphries.
"I had 1,700 yards rushing and 270 yards receiving last season. My best game was when I had over 200 rushing yards against our rivals, Spartanburg High. That game was so memorable for me because my team needed me and I scored the only 3 touchdowns for us," Smith told us.
A tireless worker, Smith came to Bamberg-Ehrhardt to learn and compete against some of the state's best prospects. Once there, the quiet youngster let his work ethic and talent do most of his speaking. Battling the likes of 2012 RB Dezmon Venning and 2014 RB Caleb Kinlaw amongst others in a talent laden group Smith emerged as the coaches' pick as the top overall running back at the Badger Sport South Showcase Combine.
Smith showcased most of his arsenal and shined on a blistering day in the Low Country while others also had tremendous performances. Still Smith says he'll continue to work on his craft in order to improve his stock and prepare for his senior season.
"Right now my strengths are I my ability to catch out of the backfield, my speed, my ability to see the hole, and hit it with all my speed. I would like to continue to work on my blocking. When blocking defenders I often catch people instead of blocking them."
A vast array of schools have already started recruiting Smith and we're certain that after his performance in Bamberg many more will start their pursuit of the Dorman running back. Smith talked about which schools are already in the mix and where he's visited thus far.
Smith is open currently to all schools that want to recruit him and considering the numbers he's posted over the past couple of seasons we expect traffic to continue to be heavy at Dorman for Smith and OL Patrick Destefano again next season after Peake and Humphries depart.
With some top academic universities already in the mix Smith is also a standout in the classroom. Currently Smith says he holds a 3.7 overall GPA and has a 3.3 or 3.4 core GPA.
"The things I will look at in a school are the education I will receive, possibility of playing time, location, and the coaching staff."
As we stated before the numbers don't lie for Smith as he's posted big time stats in the state's biggest classification playing arguably one of the toughest schedules around. Smith says he'll continue to hit the camp and combine circuit in hopes of landing his first offer.
SCPrepNation.com will be there to bring you all the details as Smith's recruitment will undoubtedly start to heat up after winning most outstanding at the Badger Sport South Showcase this past weekend.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...RAYMOND SMITH
Bench press: 315 pounds
Squat: 415 pounds
Power clean: 285 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.44 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.22 seconds
Vertical: 33 inches