Born to be a Hoosier
OL Jarrod Smith
OL Jarrod Smith
Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 8, 2005
Chris Pool,

One prospect to keep a close eye on in 2005 will be Jarrod Smith, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound, offensive lineman, from Fairborn, Ohio. Yes, Smith is committed to Indiana but his ranking could soar into the “Top 25” in the Midwest if he has the type of year that we feel he’s capable of. Terry Hoeppner has to be ecstatic that he was able lock up Smith early in the recruiting process.

“Jarrod (Smith) is a tremendous prospect,” said Fairborn coach, Roy Thobe.

“Jarrod dominates the line-of-scrimmage. He’s dominated some pretty good prospects in the state of Ohio. Jarrod is fearless, he doesn’t care how big someone is or how many accolades they’ve received. If they are in the way, Jarrod is going to take care of business.

“What everyone needs to know about Jarrod is that he was only 245-pounds as a junior. He’s now 270-pounds and he hasn’t lost any of his speed or agility. Jarrod has nice pop in his hips and he’s very good in space.

“It’s hard to teach an offensive lineman to be good in space. Jarrod is a natural. Blocking is space is a hard one to teach and Jarrod just has it. He’s very good at trapping, pulling and getting downfield.”

Why did Jarrod Smith, the #42 ranked prospect, in the Midwest, according to, give Indiana University his verbal commitment?

“I was born in Evansville and grew up a fan of the Hoosiers,” Smith explained.

“It’s as simple as that. I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting Indiana football back to the top.

“Coach (Terry) Hoeppner has proven himself to be a very good coach and teacher. I wanted to be part of something great at Indiana. I feel that I can help turn the program around at Indiana.”

Jarrod Smith was brought up to the varsity as a sophomore at Faiborn. He played on both sides of the football as a junior, at offensive tackle and defensive end. Jarrod did play some nose-tackle as well.

“I play offensive tackle in high school but I’m going to be playing guard at Indiana.” Smith said.

“I’m very good at pulling and trapping. I have long arms and once I lock on to a defensive player, I usually get a pancake block.”

Jarrod Smith played baseball during his freshman and sophomore years and he also letters in basketball. He’ll be the starting center for Fairborn this winter. He has an uncle, Denny Brown, who played football at Michigan in the ‘70’s.

Smith chose the Hoosiers over West Virginia and Miami (Ohio). He also had offers from Duke, Maryland, Michigan State and Bowling Green.

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