Our next Diamond in the Rough is class of 2025 Running back Darrell Smith out of Picayune High School, Picayune, Mississippi. Darrell is 5’8 170 LBS, he benches 235 LBS, and squats 400 LBS. He holds a 3.4 GPA while just recently making the All Region MVP Offense Team. Darrell currently has two D1 offers from Boston College and Nevada.
When did you start playing football?
“I started tackle football when I was 5 years old.”
What is your favorite part about football?
“My love and feel for the game is great, it is God’s gift to me and there is noting I enjoy more than playing it. The roar of the crowd gives me the confidence and motivation to perform at the highest level.”
What is the hardest part about football?
“It has to be the conditioning, it isn’t easy but it is necessary to be the fittest and toughest.”
What is something you have learned playing football?
“To always be humble, but to carry yourself with the utmost confidence.”
Do you play any other sports?
“I play PG in Basketball and I run the 4×200 and 4×400 on the track team.”
Who is your favorite College Football Team?
“The Florida State Seminoles.”
Who is your favorite NFL Team?
“I am a Carolina Panthers Fan.”
Who is your biggest role model?
“My parents, my dad has always kept me on track and has made me a successful student athlete.”
Who do you look up to as a player?
“My older brother Devin Simmons, Alvin Kamara, Trey Benson, Dante Bowdell, and Chris Davis.
What is your best skillset as a player?
“My vision while carrying the football.”
How do you prepare for a game?
“I play music and I like to watch some of my old highlights to get me hyped up.”
How do you balance school and football?
“I have learned it is so important to ask questions to your teachers, they want to help and that is what has given me success in the classroom.”
Do you have any goals for next season?
“I want 1000 rushing yards, 1500 all purpose yards, and a 3-peat state championship.”
What does being a good teammate mean to you?
“You need to be a leader because without them there is no unity and we won’t see results.”
How does your team find more success next season?
“We need to lock in and buy in to what our coaches are telling us, prepare as much as we can.”