Today's game has evolved to where nearly everyone goes with the thought that "bigger is better". I won't argue with that fully but when it comes to running backs we've seen some smaller backs have a major impact on the college and professional level over the last 5 or 6 seasons. Guys like Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Rice, Noel Devine, and others come to mind. Dorman High School has relied heavily on 2012 running back Raymond Smith for the past couple of seasons and he's delivered in a big way. Recently named to this year's Shrine Bowl team we caught up with Smith to talk about that accomplishment and more as he's searching to earn more offers down the stretch.
Smith checks in at 5'8 180 pounds and he's dazzled the Cavalier faithful since he was a sophomore when he helped guide them to a AAAA Division 1 state championship. Last year he helped them reach the title game again before losing to rivals Byrnes. Smith is the primary weapon for Dorman as a senior with former teammates WR Charone Peake and WR Adam Humphries now playing for Clemson.
With a strong group of backs here in South Carolina the Shrine Bowl coaches had a tough decision to make but we feel they made a wise choice in Smith as he's one of the state's most underrated prospects.
"When I found out, I coudn't believe it. I was like thank God! Everybody was excited for me too."
This past off season Smith attended two separate Scout.com combines and he walked away with running back MVP awards at both. Some of the best prospects from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee showed up to compete but Smith walked away with the hardware. This summer a trio of schools took note of his remarkable work during his sophomore and junior seasons for Dorman and stepped up with scholarship offers.
Despite another stellar season Smith says things have quieted down on the recruiting front.
"Right now I'm just hearing from Wofford (offer), Georgia Southern (offer), The Citadel (offer), and North Greenville. I haven't picked up any offers since the season started."
"I visited Wofford and it was nice. Georgia Southern was nice also. Right now I don't think anybody close to offering me."
With the three offers on the table where does Smith stand with his recruitment and what are his thoughts regarding his play during his senior season?
"Right now I'm wide open. I'm happy right now but I feel like I can play even better."
Consider that Smith is currently the Cavaliers leading rusher and receiver and it's easy to see why the Southern Conference programs that have offered love his versatility. He's amongst the state's leaders in rushing with well over 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground and he's doing that in limited action because Dorman has been up by so much that he hasn't played past halftime in most games.
Asked about what his mind set is heading into the state's most prestigious all-star game Smith had this to say.
"My goals are to be the best I can be and hopefully I can ball out during the game since it is on my birthday. (laughs)"
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com as we'll continue our "Shrine Bowl" series with more members of the South Carolina team leading up to the game which will be played on December 17th at Wofford College.