June 13, 2008

Rebels have shot at 4-star FL WR

Miami (FL) Archbishop Carroll four-star wide receiver Rodney Smith is interested in Ole Miss, but like many other recruits, rising gas prices may make it difficult for the Rebels to get their foot in the door for the standout athlete.

"I'm talking a lot to Ole Miss and they are telling me what I want to hear," Smith said on Thursday evening. "They want me to come to camp there or take an unofficial visit, but I don't think I'm going to be able to due that due to gas prices."

Smith said he has more than 30 offers, and Ole Miss is one of the programs in which he's interested.

"I don't know much about Ole Miss other than that Eli Manning played there," he said. "But since they've started recruiting me, I've learned some things and it sounds good.

Ole Miss recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn is recruiting Smith and he and Smith have developed a good relationship.

Still, the competition for Smith will be hard for the Rebels to land the prep star.

Smith said he has offers from every Division I school in Florida except Miami; however, he expects the Hurricanes to soon offer.

Others recruiting the 6-foot-6, 207-pound receiver include Auburn, Boston College, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, and Wake Forest. All have offered.

One thing that Ole Miss coaches are telling Smith that has his attention is his potential to impact immediately.

"They are saying I could come in and play as a starter immediately," Smith said. "That's my goal, that's what I'd like to do."

Smith claims to be wide open when it comes to schools recruiting him, but says two schools - Florida State and South Florida standout right now, although he would not call those schools his favorite.

"Ole Miss has a chance for me to take an official visit there as long as they keep recruiting me hard," he said.

Smith was timed at the Miami NIKE camp at 4.7; however reports routinely running the 40-yard dash most often in the 4.5 range.

Smith finished with 650 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He also played defense and had three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and 35 tackles.

Smith reports a 3.0 GPA and says he'll take the ACT on Saturday.

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