Could Rahshaun Smith Be The Next Big Terps’ Football Commit?


Jul 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Maryland head coach Randy Edsall speaks during 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Rahshaun Smith is scheduled to take his official visit to the University of Maryland the weekend of Dec. 4. The Class of 2016 4-star inside linebacker may very well be the next elite high school football prospect to join the homegrown DMV to UMD movement.

Smith is the second-best inside linebacker in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite. He was once committed to Clemson, but de-committed from the Tigers earlier this month. As soon as the announcement was made, there was plenty of speculation about whether or not he would be looking at Maryland. The reason for the chatter is the fact that Smith is a Baltimore native.

Smith began his high school career at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore before transferring to the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He seems to take great pride in the opportunity that he would have to play collegiate ball in his home state. In an interview with ESPN, Smith stated, “There is definitely a great opportunity there. It’s a big city, near Baltimore, and it would be the chance to play in my hometown area.”

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There’s one major link to note between Smith and the Terps. Randy Edsall recently added Cory Robinson to the coaching staff as the Director of Player Personnel. Robinson is the co-founder of Next Level Nation, a prominent football skill development program in the Baltimore area. He spent time as an assistant coach at Calvert Hall and St. Frances. Robinson is also Smith’s trainer and coached him at IMG.

Maryland is hoping that Robinson’s addition will help lure more top local football prospects to come to College Park. The first on the docket is Smith, who is one of the most highly-coveted uncommitted players in the nation. He’s a phenomenal athlete who has the potential to be a disruptive force at the next level. Smith possesses great versatility, which would allow him to excel at multiple positions. He can pressure the quarterback, but also is capable of dropping back in coverage.

Smith has also scheduled visits at Clemson and Auburn. He could take a few more additional visits to schools like Oregon, Oklahoma and Miami (FL).

Stay tuned to The Baltimore Wire for updates on Smith’s recruiting status.

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