June 29, 2009

MSU offers assistant coach's son

Growing up as the son of Mississippi State cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith, Ricky Smith never wanted to play for his father.

In fact he had always dreamed about lining up at receiver and burning his dad's cornerbacks on Saturdays once he got to college. But a week and a half ago that all changed when the Bulldogs became the first to offer the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder.

"Honestly, when I was younger I didn't really want to play for my dad," Smith said. "One of my goals in life was to get a scholarship to another SEC school and play receiver against my dad's DB's and make his DB's look silly. Now that I am older it doesn't really matter. I just want to get my school paid for and be able to play college ball."

Smith lives in College Station, Texas but has spent this summer in Starkville around the MSU coaching staff and feels comfortable with them.

"I'm pretty interested in Mississippi State because I like the staff," Smith said. "Most of those coaches I've known since I was a baby. I feel like I have several dads on that team. My dad coached the wide receivers coach (Mark Hudspeth) when he was in college and he liked my highlight tape. I wasn't able to workout with my high school team this summer so my dad wanted me to workout with the strength coach (Matt Balis) there. He tested me on my forty and my vertical to see where I stood. I ran a 4.6 and jumped a 34 so he ended up telling Coach (Dan) Mullen about it. The coaches already liked me so they decided they were going to offer me."

Smith has been handcuffed by the offensive scheme that is ran at A&M Consolidated.



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