For many, the recruiting process can be an exciting but extremely stressful time. The process treated offensive lineman David Smith no differently until a few days ago. Although schools like Purdue, West Virginia, and Syracuse had shown prior interest, Smith had no FBS offers and was just hoping a team would give him an opportunity.
Kent State ended Smith's wait last Thursday when they offered him a scholarship to play for the Golden Flashes. In a recent interview with Hustle Belt, Smith talked about how he found out about his offer from Kent State and what that meant to him.
"I was actually in class and my football coach called me down to the gym and he told me that coach Clark had just called. Once I got on the phone with coach Clark, he told me they were going to offer me. I was so excited, it was amazing."
Smith continued to explain why Kent State is a perfect fit for him and revealed some of his lofty goals while playing for the Golden Flashes.
"I went up there for Junior Day and I really liked it up there. I knew I wanted to go there. I'm just really excited to play there and I am hoping to make an impact up there as soon as possible. I want to help Kent State win a lot of football games and win the MAC Championship during my time there."
Smith currently carries a 3.9 grade point average at George Washington High School in Charleston, West Virginia and academics will continue to be a priority for him while in college.
"I have a 3.9 GPA in high school right now and I'm really hoping to get as close to a 4.0 in college as I can as well. I'm currently still looking into a possible major but I know I want to do something in medicine."
In high school Smith plays both offensive and defensive line, however look to see him playing on the offensive line at Kent State. Smith was recruited by Kent State as an interior offensive lineman, which is a little different than what he is currently playing in high school. For his high school team, Smith plays right tackle and their offense runs right through him, literally. Smith recalled one time where his team ran the ball to the right side of the field for six consecutive plays and the drive ended in a touchdown. Smith is the typical gritty lineman that a team needs on the field to be successful and it looks like Kent State may have found a diamond in the rough.
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