Harrison Smith to be Irish

The 6’2″, 205 safety stolen out of the cradle of the Vols not only clocked a sub 4.4 40, but he has natural football skills. Smith told Scout, “Awareness is probably my best strength. I can read what’s going on and what people are doing around me.” Those who have seen his film confirm his speed and his instincts, a rarity for so physically gifted an athlete.

Smith and huge Irish target Chris Donald both finished behind Irish recruit Golden Tate for Mr. Football in Tennessee. According to Scout’s free page,

he recorded 61 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five interceptions (two returned for scores), three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries. On offense, Smith ran for 1,312 yards and 17 touchdowns on 155 carries. He also caught 32 passes for 446 yards and six touchdowns; he bench presses 305, squats 385 and has a 36″ vertical jump. Smith reports a 3.7 core GPA, 28 ACT and an 1850 SAT.

So he’s smart, too.

Rival Maryville High coach George Quarles offered up a strong compliment for Smith, “Harrison Smith is – and I love the guys we have from Maryville – but Harrison Smith is the real deal, I think,” Quarles said on the News Sentinel Sport Page radio show. “He’s super talented.”

WBIR interviewed Smith earlier this month.


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