STATESVILLE, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior Quataye Smyre, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound athlete…
Versatile Speedster Checks Out Auburn
Statesville, N.C.--As a junior Quataye Smyre showed his versatility and big-play ability wherever Coach Scott Miller lined up the speedy football player for South Iredell High School. Smyre played wide receiver, he saw some action at running back, he played in the secondary on defense and returned punts and kickoffs helping his team to a unbeaten regular season while being named the county player of the year. On Saturday the prospect made a trip to Auburn to check out the campus and meet the coaches of the 2010 collegiate national champions and he says he enjoyed the outing. "It was wonderful, it was outstanding," Smyre says of his visit "I absolutely loved it. "I met with Coach (Gene) Chizik, Coach (Gus) Malzahn and Troop (Trooper Taylor)," the prospect says. "They are all great guys." As a junior Smyre scored a touchdown on one out of every four times he touched the football on offense or special teams. He did most of his damage at wide receiver with 36 catches for 749 yards, an impressive 23.4 yards per reception. He scored a dozen of his 17 touchdowns on pass plays. On defense the 5-10, 160-pounder made 51 tackles, intercepted four passes and forced a fumble. Asked what his best position is, Smyre says, "I couldn't tell you. I do defense, offense, special teams. I am just a football guy. I enjoy doing it all." His coach, Miller, says that Smyre is a quality person as well as an exciting player and that is why he brought the prospect to meet with Auburn's coaches on Saturday. He predicts that the recruiting interest will pick up for the versatile prospect as he gains more exposure. The same is true of a sophomore linebacker Lechaston Smith, 6-1 1/2, 215, who Miller says he a big hitter. "I have an offer from ECU (East Carolina)," Smyre says. "That is the only college that has offered me right now. Recruiting is going okay now. Auburn said I was high on their radar and they are very interested in me and they will be expecting me to come back and visit in the spring." This spring Smyre will work his visits around a busy track and field schedule. He runs the 100, 200 and 400 for South Iredell High and also competes on the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Smyre says he best time in the 100 is 10.8 seconds and has a best clocking of 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Combine that speed with the ability to make would-be tacklers miss in one-on-one situations and it is easy to understand why Taylor, Auburn's wide receivers coach, and offensive coordinator Malzahn wanted to spend time with Smyre on his visit. Smyre's team had a memorable season despite losing 31-30 in the opening round of the state playoffs. Asked about his favorite game as a junior, Smyre mentions a team performance rather than an individual ighlight. "I would have to say my favorite was against Newton," he says. "It was a very good game because it showed us coming together as a team at the end and really putting our heads together that we had to do it for us and for our community, too, because everybody wanted it. We wanted it bad." Also drawing interest from North Carolina State, North Carolina and Clemson early in the recruiting process.
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