Rivals Star Rating -
S - Wayne, New Jersey - Passaic County Tech
Measurables: 5'9" 180
Rankings: Not Ranked
Offers and Other Interested Schools - None
Commentary: The Buffs received a late 2010 commitment today from New Jersey S Terrel Smith. This is the second commitment to the 2010 class from the state of New Jersey (RB Tony Jones). The Buffs needed defensive back depth out of this class and Smith helps fill that void. The only other defensive back on the 2010 commitment list is CB Jered Bell. Colorado will lose their two top defensive backs next year in CB Jalil Brown and CB Jimmy Smith. According to cubuffs.com, Smith is 5'10", rivals.com has him listed at 5'8" 180 pounds. For a safety, that is a little on the small side so let's hope he is closer to 5'10". If you watch the video below, he can certainly lay the wood. Smith excelled on both sides of the ball and was one of the state leaders in tackles.
Also from cubuffs.com:
Smith, from Paterson, N.J., is a 5-10, 185-pound senior at Passaic County Tech High School in nearby Wayne. He was a third-team All-State, first-team All-Passaic County and first-team All-Tri County A League his senior season. He is the sixth member of the class on the defensive side of the football.
He was 1,000-yard rusher (1,261 yards, 10 touchdowns) and 100-tackle performer (117, 61 solo) with 24 passes broken up and three interceptions as a senior.
Here is a great article on Smith from New Jersey.com:
Terrel Smith smiled as he recalled his days as a 6-year-old flag-football player in Paterson.
His aggression drew plenty of penalties during his first season because Smith sometimes tackled opponents when he was supposed to yank flags from their belts.
"I love hitting people," Smith said. "That’s my thing."
Smith also loves hitting holes, and he has done both exceptionally well while helping Passaic Tech, ranked No. 12 in the North Jersey Top 25, to a 4-1 record entering its meaningful NJTCC game at No. 25 Passaic (3-2) on Saturday.
The senior tailback-safety has rushed for 759 yards in five games and has scored three touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who’ve won four straight since losing their opener to Montclair, 22-19. He also has recorded 49 tackles, intercepted three passes and defended six others.
A starter since midway through his freshman season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Smith has drawn interest from Boston College and Pittsburgh. Recruiters from those schools like Smith as a cornerback, while numerous Division I-AA programs are recruiting him as a running back and defensive back.
"He runs the ball hard, he makes good cuts and he’s fast," Passaic Tech coach John Iurato said. "But as a safety, he’s ferocious. He hits like a truck. He’s just been our main stopper back there. He does the things that need to be done in the middle of the field. He calls the signals, he moves guys around. He’s a quarterback on the defensive side. He just helps us out in so many ways."
In 2008 as a junior, Smith was named first team All-NHC Skyline as a running back, showing his athletic ability to be dominant at multiple positions.