To call Fort Lauderdale athlete Teshaun Smith a rising recruit would be an understatement.
Consider that a month ago, Smith didn’t have a single scholarship offer and now he holds 13 of them.
The Panthers were the latest team to recognize Smith’s talents when they offered him a scholarship over the weekend.
The list of teams to offer Smith includes Cincinnati, Kentucky, NC State, Toledo, Central Florida and South Florida.
“I figured the offer would be coming. Coach Partridge was out at my practice today (Friday), he’d been messaging me and finally had a chance to get out to my school in person,” said Smith.
The Western High School athlete is an intriguing prospect because after just playing wide receiver his first few years in high school, he plans on playing cornerback his senior year and that’s what schools are recruiting him as, including Pitt.
I forgot to mention, Smith is a 6-foot-3, 170 pound cornerback. That’s pretty big for a defensive back.
“I’m a big receiver but I’m making the change to corner. That’s what everyone is telling me my money position would be. I’ve always been working at it (playing cornerback) but wide receiver was always my primary position until our recent 7 on 7 drills.”
“The switch hasn’t been hard because once you play receiver you what receivers are trying to do, their breaks and foot movements.”
Being an athlete from Florida, Smith doesn’t know a lot about the Pitt program but the top thing he knows is something we hear a lot from high school recruits about Pitt.
“The biggest thing I know is that they share facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s half Steelers and half Pitt. The other thing I know about Pitt is that last year they beat Clemson, that was Clemson’s only loss and then they won the national championship so that must mean Pitt has a pretty good football team,” said Smith.
This offer is big for Smith because a month ago he was hoping to start getting an offer now he’s receiving ones from Power Five schools.
“This is all pretty overwhelming to me right now. A month ago nobody was offering me, I was getting some looks but no offers. Then I transferred from a small school (Westminster Academy) to a big school and then I started getting a lot of looks. That’s a big reason why my recruiting is starting to go crazy.”
“It’s pretty overwhelming, I was just praying to get offers and now this is happening.”