Watching 2017 Union County wide receiver Shi Smith's film you can see exactly what head coach Steve Taneyhill is talking about. Smith is "a special player". How special is Smith? He landed his first offer as a freshman today.
"South Carolina offered Shi about an hour ago," Taneyhill said of his freshman standout.
"Coach Elliott offered Shi and is his primary recruiter."
"Shi is just special now. He's the most talented 9th grader I've ever coached since I've been around. He started every varsity game for us as a 9th grader."
When talking about his freshman prospect Taneyhill shared some other intangibles that college coaches will likely love about the 5'11 175 pound prospect.
"One thing about him is that he's very coachable and really a competitor. He's always the first one in line for one on ones and he always wants our best cornerback who I think may be close to an offer here soon himself. Shi wants to be the best."
One play in particular Taneyhill said sticks out to him when thinking back over his freshman season.
"It was the third game of the season against Greer and he takes a screen pass and he goes down that sideline with such burst and scores. It's uncoachable stuff that he has. He can go from 0 to 60 awfully quick."
So how did Smith feel when he heard the news that South Carolina was offering him a scholarship?
"It feels really good," Smith said.
"I've been following them growing up so I know a good bit about them already."
Smith says there are some other schools he'd like to hear more from moving forward over the next few seasons too.
Smith has previously camped with Clemson so we'll see what other schools come calling in the near future for Smith. Taneyhill says there hasn't been a whole lot of traffic coming through the past month or so but expect that to change now that Smith has an offer from South Carolina as a freshman.
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