2020’s Jaquan Smith wants to follow in Damarkus Lodge’s footsteps at Ole Miss | Youth1

2020’s Jaquan Smith wants to follow in Damarkus Lodge’s footsteps at Ole Miss

Jaquan Smith is one of the best players from the Port St. Lucie, FL area in the Class of 2020.

 

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Smith, who attends Centennial High School, is a dynamic player that works as a wide receiver.

Smith has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding career, such as being selected for the Treasure Coast Elite 7on7 team.

 

Smith is humbled by the honor.

 

“Being able to play with the top skill players on the Treasure Coast was a great experience and also showed that my hard work was being recognized,” Smith said. “It makes me want to continue to get better each day.”

 

No matter the opponent, on each snap Smith is determined to give it his all.

 

Smith is going all out.

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever Smith steps between the lines.

 

“My mindset is to dominate every play and always have an edge that no one can guard you and never give up on a play,” Smith said. “I want my opponent to have to earn everything they get. I refuse to give anything less than my all.”

 

Smith has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Smith tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.

 

“What I love about football is the intensity and adversity and learning in brotherhood throughout the game,”  Smith said. “There’s nothing like being in the locker room celebrating with your teammates after a win.”

 

Smith has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.

 

The main one is applying perspective to all situations.

 

“Playing football has taught so much about life in general,” Smith said. “Football has taught me work hard and never give up and that everything isn’t always going to be good but always keep your head and make the best of it.”

 

Smith recalls his favorite football memory.

 

“My favorite memory is catching the game winning touchdown vs my school I attend now when I was at my old high school Fort Pierce Central,” Smith said.  “It was a special memory that I’m never going to forget.”

 

Trey Page is in his first season coaching Smith for Centennial High School.  

 

Page explains the best parts of Smith’s game.

 

“He can run like a deer. You put him on the outside against a high school defensive back and he’s physically imposing,” Page said. “He’s a very willing blocker. He uses his size to his advantage when he blocks. I really like that about him. A lot of guys at this age don’t really care about blocking. They all want the ball. I feel like he’s a very good team player and is always picking my brain to see how he can get better.”

 

Smith takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Smith makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.

 

“I demonstrate being a good teammate by picking my team up while being in adversity also celebrating my teammate success even when I don’t have the ball and always pushing them to do better,” Smith said. “The best advice I’ve given my teammates was keep your head up and also tell them everything is short term if they mess up and live for another play.

 

Page adds that Smith is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.

 

“He might be having a tough day or a tough practice and you’ll see him buckle down to do the small things right,” Page said. “That’s one thing our guys can look at. Even though you’re having a bad day, there’s always something you can contribute.”

 

Smith is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.

 

“I’ve learned many things from my coaches about being a better player and person,” Smith said. “I’ve learned to grind and work hard and everything will pay off and that nothings handed to you everything’s earned and that comes into the real world also and I’m thankful they’ve taught me that.”

 

Page is an advocate of Smith’s capabilities.

 

“In the spring he had a couple of big catches against Palm Beach Central. This year he was close to making the catch of the year over a safety and a corner before the cornerback made an incredible play to break it up,” Page said. “He’s made a couple catches so far and he’s getting better. The best is in front of him.”

 

In addition to making clutch plays, Smith also has a high level of football IQ as well.

 

Smith has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.

 

“He’s starting to pick up on the fact that he’s a physical mismatch so he’s starting to work on his technique to use his body to use advantage more to catch jump balls,” Page said. “You don’t see too many receivers his height that can run. He’s doing a very good job on using his body to create separation.”

 

Smith is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.

 

“He’s picking it up. He’s learning from some of those older guys what it takes to be a Division I prospect with the way you have to work,” Page said. “He’s really come a long ways. He’s working on different things after practice each week and I’m proud of him for that.”

 

Page explains why he compared Smith to this player.

 

“He kind of reminds me of Kenny Golladay from the Detroit Lions that played at Northern Illinois,” Page said. “He’s a long receiver that’s pretty physical just like him. Once he gets to college he’ll grow to 210 pounds and be rocked up.”

 

Smith patterns his style of play after these standouts at his position.

 

“A player I look up to is Damarkus Lodge from Ole Miss. He’s a very lengthy wide receiver and has great ball skills,” Smith said. “Also Ahmmon Richards from Miami. He’s also a long wide receiver that can run and make plays.”

 

Smith is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.

 

“My goals on the field is really simple is to be the best I can be and to go all out leave no regrets,” Smith said. “Off the field is to work on my craft watch film to better myself for the next day.

 

Smith has his sights set on becoming an Ole Miss Rebel.

 

“They utilize the spread and also of the tradition of great wide outs,” Smith said. “One day I hope I could be an addition to that too.”

 

Smith lists history as his favorite subject in school.

 

“I like learning about our past and it’s very interesting and a fun subject to talk about,” Smith said.

 

Page outlines the next areas of improvement for Smith.

 

“Right now he’s been working a lot on jump balls so we can use him in the red zone. He should be 100 percent every time,” Page said. “That’s something we’ve gotten into his head to be good at.”

 

Page believes the sky is the limit as long as Smith continues to stay hungry.  

 

“I think with him being so big and blessed by God with such a nice frame, he can be an SEC/Power 5 prospect if he keeps working hard and developing,” Page said.

 

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