Coaches have started to descend on Mauldin High School over the last few seasons which is a good sign of just where the Mavericks program is heading under the direction of coach Doug Shaw. One of Shaw's most talented prospects currently on the roster is 2011 LB Carson Smith. A two-time team defensive MVP award winner and posting huge numbers each of those seasons Smith still awaits his first scholarship offer. He took a ride down I-26 this past week to check out in-state South Carolina and we've got the very latest for you here.
"It was a really good visit. They had a really good practice. I talked to Coach Elliott quite a bit. He showed me and Ryan around and then after practice I talked to Coach Johnson a bit." Smith told us.
Things have started to pick up for Smith as of late as he's sent out his junior highlight film to South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, and Duke. He actually dropped off an entire game of film for the Gamecock coaches while he was there in Columbia. How serious are the Gamecocks with their interest in Smith?
"I talk to Carolina, Clemson, and Georgia Tech regularly. Carolina is showing me the most interest right now though."
Speed at one point was a slight area of concern for Smith but through intense speed work and drills the 2011 prospect has seen his 40 times drop pretty significantly in just a little over a month's time. Now Smith's top 40 time is 4.68 seconds. With added work and repetition you can expect Smith to lower that time even more before summer's end.
One area that Smith shines extremely bright is in the weight room. While he and the Mavericks weren't able to defeat the Byrnes Rebels this year he did post a significant win over the nation's top running back, Marcus Lattimore, in the region strength meet taking first place over Lattimore. Smith also reached a new school record in the weightroom by squatting 530 pounds. Smith's power clean is also up to an impressive 300 pounds. He'll head to the state strength meet two Saturdays from now to compete for a state championship.
With schools showing significant interest Smith also shines in the classroom where he holds an extremely high GPA of 4.8. He has also already scored a 1220 on the SAT as well.
Eager to earn that first elusive scholarship Smith has been looking feverishly to find top flight camps and 7 on 7's so he can show his ability to cover in space. As one of the state's very best against the run, some college coaches have wondered how he fares against the pass in coverage. The Mavericks don't employ or require Smith to do so with the defensive sets but Smith's football IQ and improved speed suggest that he'll be able to showcase that ability once given the opportunity.
Keep it dialed in right here with SCPrepNation.com as we'll have the very latest regarding Carson Smith's recruitment as it's starting to heat up.