24 Rodney Smith  
Rodney Smith

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Jonesboro, Ga.

High School:
Mundy's Mill HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 200

Position:
RB

Major:
Undeclared


OVERVIEW: Ranked as a three-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout, while Rivals gave him two stars • listed as the No. 80 running back in the nation by 247Sports and as the 110th best player in Georgia.

ESPN ANALYSIS: Good strength to run through high or low tackles • maintains balance and body control through initial contact • shows good patience to make a cut and get north • good feel for defenders around him • quick feet to make a cut and locate cutback lane if front side is congested • smooth runner who can make a cut without gearing down much • good balance and will bounce off of initial contact and keep legs churning • shows the skill set to catch the ball out of the backfield or when aligned in the slot as a receiver.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attends Mundy's Mill High School • helped lead his team to an 8-5 record, which was the best season in school history • team advanced to Class 5A quarterfinals • first team All-State honoree • rushed 261 times for 2,201 yards and 26 touchdowns • team started 0-4 and he rushed 63 times for 368 yards and four touchdowns in those games • team finished 8-1 and he rushed 198 times for 1,833 and 22 touchdowns • rushed for more than 100 yards in 11 games, more than 200 yards in four games and more than 300 yards in two games • also caught five passes for 66 yards • rushed 172 times for 1,575 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior before suffering a season-ending injury • caught six passes for 55 yards • amassed 4,002 all-purpose yards (3,776 rushing, 121 receiving and 105 on kick returns) during his last two years of high school • also a standout middle infielder for the baseball team and is considered a Major League draft prospect • football coach was Gregory Manior, while his father, Patrick Smith, was his offensive coordinator and baseball coach • high school teammate of fellow signee linebacker Jonathan Celestin.