NORFOLK, Va. – With seven games expired, Demonte Smith’s senior season at Washington High has not gone exactly as he would have planned. To start, Smith suffered a foot injury earlier in the season but has since returned to the lineup. Apart from that, the Mighty Bookers lay claim to a 2-5 record at this juncture.
“The season has been going alright,” Smith told Today’s U. “I’ve been playing through a foot injury, but I’ve been doing good on the season making pays on the field as well as I can. My coaches and the trainer are trying to get me back on the field. I’ve been going through a speedy recovery, but I’m going through rehab right now.”
As a prospect that impacts the game in all three phases, Smith broke down his playing style and described why most colleges are recruiting him as a true athlete thus far.
“I’m really fast,” Smith said. “I run a 4.3-second dash in the 40. I get the ball on jet sweeps and quick passes. I’m a kick returner and a punt returner and I play corner to stay with the fast receivers. I play running back as a quick option and playmaker on the team.”
Standing at 5-foot-100, 175-pounds, Smith is a dynamic, versatile player that uses his speed, catching ability and vision to impact football games. As such, he’s received interest from numerous programs and explained his experience on the recruiting trail so far.
“I’m seeing a bunch of coaches,” Smith said. “Jamari Logan and me are supposed to be going to Tennessee in a couple weeks. The process is going good. I really liked Maryland and I really felt at home when I was there. They seem like they provide a good program, a good staff and good football players, plus the academics as well.”
As Smith touched on, the senior athlete took an unofficial visit to nearby Maryland to take in a game on the Terrapins’ campus. Although Maryland took a loss on the field, the Terps impressed Smith in other areas.
“It was really a lot of attention,” Smith said. “The atmosphere was really good. Maryland’s defense is number two in its division and the defense played really good. The offensive really wasn’t clicking and the was dropping passes. The quarterbacks couldn’t connect with the receivers, so the defense was on the field more than the offense. The defense really did good and we really had fun on the visit and the game.”
While on campus, Smith had an opportunity to touch base with the Maryland coaching staff despite a busy game day itinerary. The staff provided a positive interaction for Smith and the two sides should be in contact soon.
“I talked to coach Keenan [McCardell] and coach [Chad] Wilt,” Smith said. “They went well. Coach Keenan told me to send him his highlight tape because coach Wilt is supposed to be going to Virginia Beach and our school, Norfolk, to see me and Jamari Logan.”
As for his future visit to Tennessee tentatively scheduled for later this season, Smith described what areas of the Volunteers’ campus he will be paying attention to.
“The players, the program, the academics and how the atmosphere is around the school and the football field.”
Click here for a link to Smith’s senior midseason highlight tape.