SCPrepNation.com conducted an exclusive interview with QB Robert Smith. During the interview, Smith talked a little bit about his game/numbers on the field from a season ago, and a few of his goals for the upcoming season. He also gave us a little insight on a few programs that have already learned of him. So without further ado, we introduce to you, Woodland High School freshman quarterback, Robert Smith.
Robert Smith took the Palmetto State by storm last season. The 6-0, 185 pound freshman phenom simply went on a tear, and excelled in multiple categories from the QB position. "Last year I had 2500 yards passing, and 25 touchdown passes," the young gifted QB said. "I also had 700 yards on the ground and 7 touchdowns last year."
Although his numbers were quite remarkable on last season, Smith has been steadily working on an extensive off-season plan, in an effort to take his game to the next dimension. "I am always working on my footwork, and my passing," Smith said. "I have a pretty quick release, but I'd like to get a much quicker release. Right now I am running a 4.7 flat in the forty. I'd like to get that down too."
If Smith is not on the field honing his craft, you'd probably be able to find him in the film room… "I watch a lot of film," Smith said. "My coach has some new video equipment, where I can watch all of the games/plays. I look at different teams to see what kind of defense they run, so I can be ready to go once I get on the field. I'm just doing everything I can to better my game."
With Smith being only a freshman, colleges and universities cannot recruit him heavily just yet. However though, that doesn't mean that several programs haven't already heard about him. "A lot of schools already know of me, but I don't think they can really talk to me unless I go to their campus for an unofficial visit," Smith explained. "I've already been to Georgia for an unofficial visit, and I think they're interested in me. I've also been to Clemson, and I think they're interested in me also. UCLA and Vanderbilt have been sending a couple of things in the mail also."
High school spring ball is just around the corner, and several athletes have been getting themselves geared towards their quest for a successful 2008 season. And with that being said, Smith has set aside a few goals for himself. "My biggest goal for next fall is to win the region, and to win the state championship," Smith said. "I'd also like for my numbers to get better, but as long as we do what we have to do to win the region and state, that's all that really matters. But for numbers sake, I'd like to get up to 3000 yards passing next season, and 1000 yards rushing."
With three years of eligibility remaining, Robert Smith has an opportunity to go down as one of the best quarterbacks in Palmetto State history. We look for him to continue building on the solid foundation that he's already established. However though, it is simply up to him to do so…
Stay tuned with SCPrepNation.com as we continue to keep track of Smith, throughout the course of his prep career.