Florida head coach Dan Mullen visited Terrebonne High School late last week checking in on 4 star prospect Ja’Khi Douglas, but before he left he offered sophomore defensive tackle Maason Smith. The 6-5 280 pound prospect is a rising prospect throughout the state & coach Mullen waisted no time letting Smith know that he has home in Gainesville.
Smith expressed how ecstatic he was to get his first SEC offer especially with him being just a sophomore. “It’s huge being that the University of Florida is my dad’s favorite college football team,” Smith said. “He was so happy for me but told me it will be my decision when that time comes.” Smith put himself on the map this past summer after great showings at Ole Miss & LSU camps. Although, he didn’t leave with an offer both coaching staffs were raving about Smith’s performance. “It’s always been a dream to play for LSU since I been a kid,” Smith said. “Both coaching staffs showed me a lot of love at their camps this past summer & I plan on going back to compete at their camps this coming summer.”
I think Smith’s recruiting will continue to pick up & a number of schools are on the verge of offering him soon. The University of Virginia has been monitoring Smith all season & the coaching staff loves what they’ve seen from him this year. The Cavalier coaching staff is in Louisiana this week for the state championships & a offer could come Smith’s way by the end of the week. Other schools that are monitoring Smith closely at the moment are Notre Dame, Tennessee, TCU, & Colorado. Smith already hold offers from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette & Southern Miss, which he picked up last summer on the camp circuit.
The sophomore d-lineman was selected to compete at the Army All-American camp in January which will be against the best prospects in the nation. Smith can really raise his stock if he has a good showing & tests well at this camp in a few months. “I’m excited to go compete & get better at this camp,” Smith said. “I know a camp like this is going to bring out my competitive nature. I’m looking to work on my speed, my get off, & my hands so hopefully I can learn a whole lot.”
This kid is one of the most intriguing prospects in the state because of how well he moves at 6-5 280 pounds. Of course he is still raw, but you can’t help but see the upside in this kid which is why his name is a hot topic among some big time programs.
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