By Keith McGonigle.
For Clemson commit Robert Smith, this summer is all about football, “summer is going great, I’m working hard and getting ready for my senior year. I am working on getting better at everything, you cannot over work. I’m trying to become a better leader, get faster and quicker etc. I’m benching 305 right now and I came in 2nd or 3rd for highest reps at a combine I went to for players in South Carolina.”
The 6’0” 180 lbs. athlete committed to Clemson on January 15th but says his commitment is still solid. On a 1-10 scale he gave his commitment strength a 10, and says he does not plan on looking at any other schools.
Robert is a star quarterback for Woodland high school and would like a chance at the position at Clemson.
“I really want at least a chance to play QB. What is most important is getting a position that will give me an opportunity to play and have a chance to get to the next level after college,” said Smith.
“I’m used to touching the ball every play at quarterback so it would be hard switching to another position. I would still like to be in a position where I can get my hands on the ball. Like a wildcat package, or like a Percy Harvin type player when he was at Florida, if I went to defense it would be tough, but I would still play as hard as I can,” said Smith.
With his ability to both run and pass effectively Robert says he has had people compare him to former Clemson star Woody Dantzler, Georiga Tech QB Joe Hamilton, and Donavan McNabb earlier in his career.
One player that Tiger fans would love to see in orange and purple is the highly rated offensive lineman from Charleston, Brandon Shell. Robert and Brandon have recently become friends and Robert has been in contact with Brandon and is trying to convince him to become a Tiger.
“I talked to him last Friday. I really wanted to see if I could get him here, make him realize that Clemson is a great place,” said Smith.
Robert tore his ACL during last season but says it is 100% now and he is focused on bringing home a state title for Woodland High School. Their biggest concern is the second round game in the playoffs, which is against a lower state team. This game has given them problems before, but Robert believes if they can win that game they have a very good shot at the state title.