The SAC championship was on the line and a lot of great players were on the field in the senior,…
Smith Has Clear Goals
Jaylon Smith admits that the week leading up to Friday's showdown with crosstown rival Bishop Dwenger was not his team's sharpest. "We didn't have a good week of practice," he says, "but we persevered through it and we were ready." He and his Knights certainly were, as they defeated Dwenger 26-15 for the SAC title. Smith, a four-star linebacker, made his biggest impact on offense, rushing for 180 yards and two touchdowns, many of those after contact. "I learned from my brother Rod," he explained. "He told me to keep on pushing and never let one defender take you down." Even his brother, a prolific high school back now playing linebacker at Ohio State, did not receive the early attention that has come Jaylon's way. The Buckeyes have offered, along with Notre Dame, Michigan State, Mississippi State and others. He says recruiting is not a focus for him right now, repeating as state champion is. In fact, the thought of having to make a decision fills Smith with stress, and thus, he has put it out of mind for the moment. "Man, I try not to think about it honestly. there's going to come a time, but I have a long time, I'm only a junior. It's really all mentality, staying humble through the recruiting process." When asked if he would visit Michigan State, his latest offer, Smith says, "I'm not sure." He has already been to Ohio State this year and does plan to see two others in the coming weeks. "I know next week I'll be down at Notre Dame and USC. I plan on going up to Bloomington for Indiana's homecoming too." He may see Ohio State again too, to see brother Rod at his new position, a position Jaylon has made himself a national recruit at, and thus, he finally has some advice to give. "Yeah," he responded when asked if he had passed any tips to Rod, "just a little awareness and the stance and everything. He's so tall, he has to adjust to it, but I'm sure he's ready for it." Rod is one of the people Jaylon can unwind to, and honestly discuss life and recruiting with. He says his parents are two of the others who are helping him sift through the growing options. "My father and my family [help me]. My mother wants me to stay close to home. I'm a mama's boy, but I'll be ready to make my own decision."
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