May enrollee update: Derrick Smith

May enrollee update: Derrick Smith

Peter Ariz
CanesInSight will be checking in with a number of 2017 class signees prior to their arrivals later this month.

I caught up with Canes safety signee Derrick Smith tonight.

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Smith, who says he’s weighing in at 205-pounds right now, finishes his high school curriculum this Wednesday. The Miami signee is actually homeschooled and will turn his attention to his May enrollment this week.

“I’ve been really focused on finishing up my classes, because without my classes I can’t go anywhere,” Smith said. “After that I’m going to be getting back into training with my uncle.”

His official enrollment date for UM is May 21st. Smith says he will probably naturally lose some body fat once he gets to campus, but wants to eventually play around 210 pounds.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “Picking up the playbook will be the only thing to worry about even though I’ve already played in that type of defense in high school. I’m strong enough and aggressive enough to play safety, they can bring me off the edge – I can do a lot.”


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Smith went head-to-head with new 2018 commit Will Mallory last season and he's excited about the pickup for the offense.

“That’s a good commit. I played against him,” Smith said. “Him and Tyreke (Johnson) were going at it all game. I had him a couple times. He’s pretty cool though and I basically congratulated him after the game and told him he was going to be pretty good because he was only a junior.”

He has also been keeping up with Miami's sensational 2018 recruiting class. The competition is something that Smith welcomes with open arms.

“I like the fact that we’re picking up recruiting because we’re going to need depth. That basically just pushes everybody to go harder. I’m gonna go in and go as hard as I possibly can and I know that the other guys are going to do the same,” Smith explained.

Safety is certainly a position where Smith may be able to see the field this season with Miami's lack of experienced depth. JaQuan Johnson, Sheldrick Redwine, and freshman Amari Carter seem to have a solid amount of action ahead of them in 2017, but there is still room for another player to step up and earn playing time at the position. Smith should be physically ready to compete right away.
 

Comments (89)

cool is he good enough to get playing time cuz after the 2018 studs come can he compete with jobe etc?
 
Might grow into a linebacker, but he's very talented
 
cool is he good enough to get playing time cuz after the 2018 studs come can he compete with jobe etc?

He could very well grow into a linebacker. The important thing is that I believe he can impact the team this upcoming season and that is big.
 
cool is he good enough to get playing time cuz after the 2018 studs come can he compete with jobe etc?

He could very well grow into a linebacker. The important thing is that I believe he can impact the team this upcoming season and that is big.

I said this same thing he looks like a real good linebacker not safety at this level
 
Smiff is a homeschooler just like me. Fav player update comin.
 
I was sold on him as soon as I saw the shirtless pic during an in home visit
 
He is a destroyer and has good hands and range.... I would keep him at safety regardless of who comes in 2018.
 
Even if he doesn't see much time on D, he's gonna straight wreck **** on Special Teams this year
 
This kid has such natural ball-skills and roaming ability. I have no idea why people would advocate for him to be a LB. Everyone wants the next ST26 but when a DB comes in with his measurables people start projecting him to LB.

This kid is a S all the way.
 
Kid plays downhill with violence. Also, Diaz speaks very highly of him. That's good enough for me to be a believer.
 
If he's as good as his uncle, we are in good shape
 
cool is he good enough to get playing time cuz after the 2018 studs come can he compete with jobe etc?

He could very well grow into a linebacker. The important thing is that I believe he can impact the team this upcoming season and that is big.

Thanks as always i could see him being a stud outside linebacker with his speed and hard hits. just don't know how good his instincts are cuz I've never seen him play
 
You'd have thought his teacher( mama) would have kept him graduate early...lol
 

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