January 6, 2009

Four-star WR Smith preparing for State

Meridian wide receiver Chris Smith could not have asked for a better ending to his high school career.

The 6-foot-1, 191-pounder senior helped the Wildcats to a 14-1 season that ended in a 5A State Championship win over powerhouse South Panola in overtime 26-20.

"It was such a blessing," Smith said of the state title. "It all starts in the summer with all the hard work. I made sure that I got my 40 workouts so that I could have my name on the back of my jersey. I went to a lot of camps to try and better myself so that I can get a championship. It was a great season and I ended my year with a championship."

Meridian's championship heroics made national headlines for snapping South Panola's 89 game winning streak.

"I expected that," Smith said of the publicity. "I knew that when we beat the top dog we were going to be the talk of the year."

The four-star Mississippi State commitment put up some impressive numbers for the Wildcats forming a formidable target for another Bulldog commit in quarterback Tyler Russell. The duo hooked up 70 times for 1,076 and 10 touchdowns this season. Smith averaged 15.37 yards per catch and also 71.7 yards per game.

But just because his senior football season is over and he has a full ride to college next year does not mean Smith is resting on his laurels.

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