When your father played at Arkansas and your uncle played at Notre Dame and had a lengthy NFL career there can be a lot to live up to. There's no pressure on 2016 South Pointe cornerback Chris Smith but he's starting to emerge as a prospect to watch and he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
On Friday night Smith turned in a performance that would make the entire family proud. In fact, he made all South Pointe Stallions fans proud with a 3 interception and fumble recovery on the night in a playoff victory over Seneca.
"It felt good, being able to help the team win. It's always a good feeling when you can make a big impact in a crucial game."
We asked Smith if Friday night's showing was the best of his career thus far?
"Yes sir. I've been playing since I was 6 years old and I believe that was the best game I've every played."
So far in his junior season Smith says he has 49 tackles, 24 solo tackles, 5 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns), 490 all-purpose yards, and a fumble recovery.
The 5'11 165 pound prospect has already started hearing from a number of schools early on in the recruiting process and he shared them with us.
Out of those schools one has shown the most interest so far the 2016 prospect says.
"When I visited Wake Forest for a game the defensive backs coach said he had watched film on me the night before and he really liked what he saw so I would say Wake Forest is right now."
Growing up in a family that has excelled at football Smith has picked up nuances that many other prospects might not get and he's used that to his advantage.
"Since he's (Pat Burris-father) already been on the next level he knows how important it is to do well in the classroom. He has helped me with my speed, strength, stance, and awareness. Also my uncle Jeff (Burris) has taught me some pointers."
Smith talked at length about the strengths of his game and what areas he's looking to make improvements in this off season.
"I'd say my football IQ, understanding the game of football is the most important thing. My strength, speed, aggressiveness, and discipline are also strengths."
"I plan to continue to work on my speed, my weight, and my strength. I also plan to work on other techniques."
With so many schools showing an early interest in him there are still others that Smith says he'd like to hear from moving forward.
Asked to liken his game to one particular player he didn't hesitate in his response, "Tyran Mathieu. He's such a physical player despite his size. He always finds a way to get the job done."
We'll continue to track Smith's recruitment as we anticipate things to pick up as he hits the camp and combine circuit after the season. For now check out some of his weight room stats and find out how to follow us on Twitter below.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...CHRIS SMITH
Bench press: 245 pounds
Squat: 400 pounds
Power clean: 220 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.5 seconds
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