BELLE GLADE – Thuran Smith was not sure how, or even if, any college offers would be available to him.
But somehow it has happened, and now the Glades Central 2017 linebacker has a bevy of options to choose from.
Smith (5-10, 190 pounds) has the next 7 days to decide between Sterling College, Culver-Stockton, St. Francis, Plymouth State, Geneva, Louisiana Prep Academy, and William Penn. The Raiders senior said he’s really excited about National Signing Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Glades Central Auditorium.
“You can look for me to put a hat on from the college I pick,” Smith said.
In his senior season, Smith finished with 85 tackles (2 TFL), 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble as a linebacker on defense. At the fullback position, the Glades Central standout had 7 carries for 123 yards in 11 games played.
As a result of Smith’s on-field production, he was selected to play in the LRSIF All-Star Game, which occurred on Saturday, Jan. 14 at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres.
Smith played for the American team, which suffered a 24-17 loss to the National team. Despite to defeat, he wanted to remember the week-long experience he was able to be a part of.
“It was great to play with players from different teams and being coach by different coaches,” Smith said. “Most of all, I enjoyed being a Raider throughout my time at Glades Central. It was nice to go out like that.”
Smith credits Rick Casko, his former high school coach, and all of Glades Central’s support staff for helping him get closer to his dreams of playing football at the next level.
“I can say that my recruiting process is going good because I’m really going to be in someone college,” Smith said. “I’m very glad that the coaches supported me through the whole process.”
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