In this the day of internet recruiting sites and intense media scrutiny over the recruiting process, it's hard to imagine that a top of the line prospect could be missed at notable Texas high school program, but it's still happening. Ennis High school is home to one of the most under the radar prospects in Texas for 2013. Why there's no buzz about this kid is beyond me but expect him to break out late this year and arrive on multiple team's radar. HornedFrogBlitz.com caught up with Darby Smith
to get his take on the TCU
camp he attended and on the recruiting process in general.
"I know there are a lot of good players that have a lot of athletic ability but I feel like I can compete with every player that was out there today" said Smith. "I saw a lot of the top players in Texas and I know in my heart I'm as good as any of them."
Standing just a shade under 5'10" and weighing in at 175 pounds, Smith is a well put together athlete. Displaying great instincts during the drills portion of the camp, the talented Ennis High product showed the best feet and hips of all the corners that I witnessed on the afternoon. Constantly breaking up passes and harassing receivers, Smith looked every bit like a shutdown corner on the afternoon. So why is it that this prospect is flying under the radar?
"I'm not really sure why but I felt like I competed well out there," he said of the lack of attention. "I thought I did really well out there and I know that if I get the chance that I can prove something."
After running a 4.47 and a 4.49 in the forty, Smith logged a 34" vertical jump. In my opinion, he was the most impressive DB of the bunch that included some of the top ranked players in the state. When asked to describe himself as a player, Smith didn't hesitate.
"Explosive, elusive, I like being out there on an island by myself" he said. "I love it, it shows that I can lock down the other team's best player. I love the competition."
While he says he has yet to hear from any schools other than for a couple of introduction letters, Smith is standing firm in his belief that someone will take notice of what he's doing out there. Lining up at receiver, cornerback and running back for Ennis last year shows that he's a versatile player. It looks like safety will be his position for the upcoming season however.
"I've played running back, receiver and corner but I can play pretty much anything" said Smith. "I'll play safety next year but I like to think I can play anywhere the coaches would want me at the next level."
While no schools have reached out to Smith just yet, he says a number of schools have caught his attention.
"I like TCU and it was a good camp" he said. "I've been up here before but they've changed a lot of things, they've redecorated and it looks really nice. My favorite school is Oklahoma State but really, I just want to go D-1 somewhere."
After witnessing what I believe to be the most talent ever assembled at a TCU camp, it should stand to reason that Darby Smith has earned at least a closer look from some of the region's top programs. If a program gives this young man a chance, they will be very glad they did.
Stay logged on to HornedFrogBlitz.com to see which program steps up first to show Smith some love and to see if the TCU Horned Frogs show any interest in the future.
Ennis, Texas cornerback Darby Smith recently had a standout performance at a TCU camp. The talented prospect is waiting for his first offer.