Robert Smith

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Why be excited: During his four season as starting quarterback at Woodlands High, Smith was an offensive machine, beginning with his freshman year when he rolled up 3,200 yards of total offense. And despite missing half a season with a knee injury, Smith finished his career with more than 11,000 total yards and 123 touchdowns, passing and rushing. At Clemson, he's probably going to be a defensive back - one with well-honed leadership skills and the ability to do whatever is needed to get the job done. He played safety in the SC North-South All-Star Game and was one of the South team's top performers, with seven tackles, including 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage and one sack.

You might not know: His high school coach, Reed Charpia, says Smith would have started at quarterback as an eighth-grader had South Carolina High School League rules permitted it.

Where he fits into the depth chart: Clemson recruited Smith with defense in mind, and the secondary is likely where he'll get his first look. But he's versatile and skilled enough to play as a wide receiver, running back or quarterback if needed. The large group of defensive backs in last year's recruiting class should make Smith a redshirt candidate in 2011.


Position: S/ATH
High School: Woodland (South Carolina)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 194 lbs.

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3,160 yards passing, 1,111 yards rushing for 42 total TDs in senior season

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