Eye-opener: Clemson LB commitment Chad Smith 4th in SPARQ competition

Sterling, Virginia 4-star prospect had 40-4 vertical jump, 4.69 40-yard dash

Chad Smith (NFTC photo)

Chad Smith (NFTC photo)

Clemson-bound linebacker Chad Smith put on a show during one of The Opening's featured events, earning himself widespread accolades and cementing his place as a rising four-star prospect.

Smith, from Dominion High in Sterling, Virginia, perhaps put his 'under the radar' tag to rest by placing fourth in the SPARQ competition at Nike's Beaverton, Oregon world headquarters.

The SPARQ rating system assesses speed, power, agility, reaction time and quickness, and includes skill position players on both sides of the ball.

Smith racked up 140.97 points in the preliminary competition, which placed him third overall and earned him a spot in the 10-man, nationally-televised final.

He scored 138.93 points in the final round, which was good for fourth place.

Smith jumped 40’4 in the vertical jump to start the final — a nine-inch improvement from his preliminary jump - and also improved his preliminary shuttle run (4.00) and 40-yard dash (4.69).

Smith had a mark of 42.0 in the power ball.

Kirk Merritt of New Orleans, Louisiana won the SPARQ competition with a total of 147.60 points.

Clemson wide receiver commitment Deon Cain competed in three of the four events, and had a time of 4.19 in the 20-yard shuttle, a 32.3 vertical jump, and a 31.0 power ball mark.

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