Columbus Africentric RB/DB Ryan Smoot is currently on the Ted Ginn, Sr. Foundation Bus Tour visiting schools across the Midwest and showcasing his skills on the gridiron. Before the tour, he had two scholarship offers and has since picked up two more.
Matt Natali caught up with Smoot for more, plus we have exclusive video highlights from ScoutingOhio.com.
Columbus Africentric RB/DB Ryan Smoot is currently on the Ted Ginn, Sr. Foundation Bus Tour visiting schools across the Midwest and showcasing his skills on the gridiron.
Smoot (5-9, 195, 4.5-40) had scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan and Air Force before the tour began the first week in June and has since picked up offers from Navy and Indiana State.
“We’ve been to a lot of camps we’ve gotten a lot of major exposure,” Smoot said. “I have definitely increased my stock as far as coaches see it. I am trying to get more offers on the tour. I am sure more will come later on.”
Smoot said Ball State, Penn State, Akron, Illinois and Marshall have all taken an interest in him and he could eventually receives offers from those schools.
“I am confident I will get more offers after this tour,” said Smoot. “(The coaches) like my size and coverage ability at corner. They think I might not be that good covering because I play linebacker out of necessity but I have shown them what I can do in one-on-one drills.
“It has definitely been a great experience. I have met a lot of the top players in the state like Isaiah Pead (Cols. Eastmoor Academy; No. 16 – rated senior in Ohio High) and I get to know all of them personally and ask them a lot of questions about getting offers.
“The coaches have been really good about giving us information on how to better ourselves academically and athletically,” he added. “We get a lot of good instruction at the camps.”
In five games as a sophomore, Smoot had 45 tackles, including nine for a loss and four sacks. Last season, he had 107 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. On offense, he had 450 yards rushing on 63 carries and five TDs.
But Smoot prefers playing defense and most college coaches like him on that side of the ball as well.
“I am going to play cornerback or safety at the next level. I am a hitter,” said Smoot. “I could probably use more reps as a defensive back and working on recognition of where receivers are going to run. I could improve on that and there is always room to get better. Since I play linebacker now out of necessity and I am going to be a defensive back at the next level I just need to keep working on getting better.”
Smoot reports a 340-pound bench, 515-pound squat, 265-pound powerclean, 30 reps of 185 pounds and a 33-inch vertical jump.
Africentric had its best season in its four-year history finishing 4-6 last year and Smoot hopes the improvement continues in 2007.
“I want my team to do (well) and I want to do the best I can for my team,” he said. “I don’t want to leave the field and I want to make the plays and work hard to be the best.”
Smoot carries a 3.4 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT. He is interested in studying Exercise Science and Athletic Training in college and is already taking classes at Columbus State Community College for college credit.
“I would like to be a strength and conditioning coach one day,” he said.
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