Come inside this week's recruiting notebook for updates on Khari Harding, Torii Hunter Jr. and Austin Bennett, in addition to a few thoughts on why naming an interim coach wouldn't have a major impact on the Hogs' recruiting efforts...[details]
2006 (Sophomore): All-Big 12 first team by the Associated Press, second team by the coaches ... was honorable mention as a return specialist on the coaches' team ... started the first three games at cornerback before moving to the strong safety position ... did not start against Colorado due to injury ... two of his three interceptions came at Baylor ... returned one 42 yards for a touchdown against the Bears and had another that covered 52 yards to set up another Sooner TD ... also intercepted a pass against Nebraska ... tackle best of seven came at Oregon ... three PBU at Baylor ... had 33 of the team's 34 punt returns on the season... had a 61-yarder for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee ... returned Washington punter Sean Douglas' school-record 82-yard punt 62 yards ... returned 37 punts for 287 yards, an average of 7.8 per return (No. 8 in the Big 12) ... returned 12 kickoffs for 271 yards (22.6 per return) with a long of 55 yards at Oregon ... caught one pass, a 12-yarder, against Washington.
2005 (Freshman): Named to The Sporting News’ Freshman All-America and All-Big 12 Freshman teams. Smith started the last nine games at strong safety. He posted interceptions against Kansas State and Texas A&M. He also recovered a fumble in the Baylor game. His best game of tackles was eight vs. Nebraska and Texas A&M. He had seven tackles in the Holiday Bowl win over Oregon.
Personal: Four-year starter ... played WR, RB and DB ... made 63 tackles and intercepted six passes (two returned for touchdowns) as a senior ... rushed the ball 122 times for 935 yards and nine TDs ... caught 47 passes for 607 yards and eight TDs his senior year ... registered 73 tackles and nine INTs in 2003 ... scored 20 offensive TDs as a junior ... led Edmond Santa Fe to 6A championship game as a junior ... finished his career with 28 INTs ... No. 4 cornerback in the nation (ESPN.com) ... No. 1 player in the Midlands (Scout.com) ... No. 5 cornerback in the nation (Rivals.com) ... No. 4 CB nation (CollegeFootballNews.com) ... 2005 U.S. Army High School All-American ... USA Today First Team All-American ... The Oklahoman All-State in 2003 and 2004 ... The Oklahoman Player of the Year for 2003 ... runs the 40 in 4.47 seconds ... competed on the basketball and track and field teams ... honors student ... coached by Dan Cocannouer.
The Run Down: An outstanding athlete ... converted from strong safety to cornerback in the spring of 2006 ... also a likely kick and punt returner ... had a 36.5-inch vertical leap last spring ... summer jobs have inlcuded working in a sporting goods store, as a janitor and at an amusement park ... born Sept. 13, 1986 ... son of Reginald and Brenda Smith.
The Good: Smith has played safety and cornerback over his college career. He started as a freshman, when he lined up at strong safety for the Sooners. He has started all three seasons with the past two years on the corner developing into a top-flight cover man. He is a big, long armed athlete with a strong frame and very good athleticism. He has excellent movement skills with the ability to change directions and flip his hips and match up in man coverage. He displays excellent ball skills, instincts, recovery speed and leaping ability to be a fine NFL defender at either corner or safety. He is a force in run support with the ability to get off blockers and finish with strong tackles.
The Bad: He is coming off a foot injury that forced him to miss early postseason workouts. At his Pro Day, he struggled with his 40-yard dash times - likely as a result of the healing process not being complete. Having played safety initially, he is not as developed as the top cornerback prospects.
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