North Carolina RB waiting on word of Clemson offer
|Monday, May 15, 2017, 3:56 PM- -|
Jahmir Smith didn’t have Clemson high on his list of schools until he took a visit to the Clemson campus for the spring game. Now, Smith has a lot of interest and has hopes for a Clemson offer.
The 2018 3-star running back out of Sanford (NC) Lee County is a late bloomer when it comes to attracting big-time offers. Wisconsin accounted for his first power conference offer in late December, and Notre Dame and Tennessee added their names to the list last month to a group that includes North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Nebraska. Four Ivy League schools have offered as well.
Smith began conversations with running backs coach Tony Elliott, and those conversations led to the spring game visit.
“I wasn't thinking about them before I went on the visit,” Smith told TigerNet last week. “I didn't even know if they were interested. And then I got there, and it was crazy. One of the best visits I've ever had. The new operations center is crazy, but the way the coaches talked to me really meant a lot. I really liked them.”
Since the visit, Clemson’s coaches have been in constant contact as they try to narrow down who their last 2018 running back offer will go to.
“I talk to Coach (Robbie Caldwell) a lot because he recruits my area,” Smith said. “But I talk to Coach Elliott the most. Coach Elliott tells me he is really interested in me, and he is going to come down and see me. He told me he is only taking one, and they want to make sure they get the right guy. But I know I have a good chance because I have the academics and the character (he has 4.43 GPA and scored a 25 on his ACT). But it will be late when they offer if they offer.”
Smith said he expects to trim his list of schools under consideration in mid-May, and he would like to render a decision by June. However, he wants to make a trip to Clemson for head coach Dabo Swinney’s high school camp in early June to see if he can pick up an offer.
“They say there will be a lot of competition at the camp, but there will also be a lot of 1-on-1 time and time to relax with us. It's all about evaluation,” Smith said. “I would say I am more of a slasher back. I am a one-cut guy and can get up the field really fast. I would like to show them what I can do.”
What were his favorite parts of the new football operations center and the visit itself?
“I thought the barber shop and arcade were pretty cool. But if I were a player, I would spend most of my time in the nap room,” Smith said. “But really, the best part of the visit was the coaching staff.”
As a junior, Smith tallied 2,130 yards and 40 touchdowns on 317 carries (6.7 yards per rush).