For me personally it's all about production and and competing at a high level. One prospect who has done so and then some is 2012 Dorman running back Raymond Smith. The talented prospect has camped at two Scout.com combines/camps this off season and emerged both times with the most outstanding running back award. His stops at college camps have been highly productive as well as he's come away with three offers in over a month's time.
A trio of Southern Conference schools have offered Smith thus far and he talked about his latest offer which came over the weekend.
"I camped with Georgia Southern. Georgia Southern was good, it was hot but it was still good, I was surprised when they offered me."
"I like Georgia Southern for a whole lot of reasons but what probably is one of my top three reasons is the local fan support. It's crazy!"
The GSU staff had a lot of positive feedback for Smith and his game while he was there.
"The coaches said they liked my vision and my hands. They also like how I can run full speed in any direction."
So with his first couple of offers in hand does it motivate the All-State back to work even harder to earn more down the road?
"Like I said before I felt like a lot of weight has been taken off my back. Yeah, this does make me want to work even harder because it shows my hard work has not gone to waste."
Smith talked about the other schools that have offered him along with Georgia Southern.
"I've been to The Citadel and Wofford and they both offered me too."
This past weekend Smith participated in the MVP Camp at Lower Richland and once again he walked away as the top back in attendance just as he did at the Badger Sport South Showcase in Bamberg over a month ago.
"I did good in the drills and I think my best performance was in the one on ones. I don't think I dropped one pass while I was there. I guess I did good enough to win MVP of all the great backs that were there. It was truly a blessing."
So what upcoming camps will Smith be participating in next?
Right now Smith says Georgia Southern and Wofford are recruiting him the hardest. He also tells us he's not sure of who may be next to offer him.
"I don't know yet. Only time will tell."
Last year Smith had another monster season for the AAAA Division 1 state runner-ups. He amassed over 1,700 yards rushing and 270 receiving yards last year as a junior.
Things have progressed in a good way for Smith and his Cavalier teammates he says this summer in an effort to try and return to the state title game and emerge with a victory during his senior season.
"7 on 7 has been going really good and we are getting better each and every tournament. We're young but very explosive."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Raymond Smith as we expect more schools to step up their efforts in recruiting the talented back.