UP NEXT: 2014 Summerville TE Sean Smith

As one of the state's top tight end prospects in 2014 Summerville's Sean Smith is already hearing from a host of schools early on. The 6'6 225 pound prospect had a good season in the Green Wave's offense this year. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Smith to talk about his recruitment and junior season as he's the latest featured prospect in our "UP NEXT" series!

Sean Smith Profile

"We play a spread offense and I am mostly split out as a wide receiver but I also run sets with my hand in the dirt and in the slot. College coaches have told me they will use me as a slot receiver and at a true tight end position."

"We were a primarily running offense but I had 17 receptions for 248 yards and 1 touchdown."

The numbers may not jump out at you in a major way but college coaches like what they see in the 6'6 225 pound prospect. He talked about some of his best showings this past season including coming through in the clutch for his team in a big game.

"The best game I had for the 2012 season was against Stratford, I had 6 receptions for 74 yards but the biggest catch I had on the year was against our main rival Fort Dorchester. With just over a minute left they threw me a jump ball on the right sideline and I jumped up with the defenfender, fought him for it and brought it down on the two yard line to set up the winning score a play later."

As we mentioned previously a host of schools have already started recruiting the Summerville prospect. The 2014 prospect broke his recruitment down for us.

"I hear regularly from LSU, Alabama, North Carolina State, Miami, Missouri, and East Carolina. I also get things from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Oregon, Clemson, UNC Charlotte, and Auburn. Right now I'd say that LSU, Alabama, Clemson, East Carolina and UNC Charlotte are recruiting me the hardest out of everybody though."

Although Smith doesn't have any offers yet he's hopeful that will change soon.

" I think Clemson, UNC Charlotte, East Carolina, and N.C. State are closest to offering me."

He talked about what he feels are his biggest strengths on the field right now and how he utilizes them.

"On the field my size causes the biggest issue for defenses. I have good hands and move my feet really well, I run sharp routes and catch the ball when it is thrown to me. I like to punish defenders for trying to come up and tackle me too."

Smith also keyed on what areas he'd like to work on the most this off season to get even better.

"I am always working on improving my route running and footwork, my explosiveness, sinking my hips when blocking, and top end speed are always a priority to improving my game."

Smith talked at length about his outlook and what the way he'll break down his college decision along with what he wants to accomplish during his college years.

"There are two ways I look at schools, the education side of it and the football side of it. I can't play football forever, and playing professional is not a given, so education is the top focus. I want to take advantage of my time in college and try to get my masters degree before I graduate. I will need the support of the university in order to accomplish this goal so that is very important me."

"The other side is winning football. I don't care about the depth chart, I will go in and compete no matter the number of tight ends on the roster. Assistant coaches change jobs all of the time because of promotions so the head coach needs to be stable. That is important to me. I need to feel comfortable on campus and feel like I belong there. If the right situation offers then I will make a commitment prior to National Signing Day."

Being a tight end prospect Smith has watched a lot of film on some of the game's top players and he talked about what players he likes and tries to pattern his game after on the gridiron.

"I like Rob Gronkowski's game. Aaron Hernandez from New England and Jason Whitten from Dallas are great players too. Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey from Carolina are who I feel my game is patterned after the most though."

Currently Smith reports a 3.12 GPA in the classroom.

SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Smith as he hits the camp and combine circuit this off season and as his recruitment continues to heat up.

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Shuttle: 4.51 seconds
Vertical: 30"

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