Laray Smith is known as a speedy athlete more than he's known as a pure running back, but the New…
RB Laray Smith Updates Offers, Visits
Xaverian High (Brooklyn, N.Y.) running back Laray Smith picked up his third offer last week, and he continues to talk to several other schools while also setting up visits. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Smith visited Connecticut and he is planning trips to Syracuse and West Virginia. He also is getting strong interest from Buffalo and Western Michigan chimed in with an unexpected offer. Smith also holds offers from Connecticut and Syracuse, where close friend Wayne Morgan, a defensive back from Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn, signed to play. "They talk to me a lot," Smith said of Syracuse's coaching staff. "(Assistant) coach (John) Anselmo is recruiting me and he can't wait to get me there. He says he wants to get me there because of my speed. He said I can be a difference maker." The plan is for Smith to visit Syracuse with Morgan, and he knows what he is looking for in a school. "I want to know I feel comfortable and see the communications program," he said. I want to major in communications and be a sportscaster. (Morgan) talks to me a lot about Syracuse." Smith is coming off a junior season in which he rushed for 993 yards and nine touchdowns on 135 carries, and also caught eight passes for 102 yards and two scores. He already made an unofficial visit to Connecticut, and things went well. "I enjoy myself. I had a good time," he said. "They have great facilities. I can tell the teaching policy of school, and the importance of education of school …and how they work hard to stay eligible." From a football standpoint, Smith said there is no confusion on how he can fit in. "They mostly tell me about school and tell me I can be one of best running backs to go there," he said. West Virginia has been talking to Smith frequently lately, and he is planning a visit soon. "I'm not sure what date, though," he said. "I know they're a good education program. One thing I like is they are built around speed. I want to go with an offense that has speed." The latest program to offer was Western Michigan, but Smith admitted he knows very little about the school. "That was out of nowhere," he said. "One of the coaches spoke to me (last week) and (the next day) I talked to the running backs coach and he said I have good news. He said I have an offer." Buffalo is also showing Smith plenty of interest. "They like me a lot," he said. "They want me to play running back. I don't know much about them. The coach I was talking to seems like a really nice guy."
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