BOULDER — University of Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins added a 22nd member to the school’s 2010 recruiting class Saturday, as safety Terrel Smith signed his letter of intent during his campus visit.
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.
He becomes the second recruit in the class from New Jersey, the fourth from the Garden State in Hawkins’ tenure. The Buffs signed just two players from Jersey between 1973 and 2005, but the state recently has become more of a hotbed for football players, as former New York Giants quarterback and CBS commentator Phil Simms told Hawkins at a Bronco playoff game in 2006.
The other recruit, tailback Tony Jones, played at Don Bosco Prep, who won the Tri County A League this past fall with Passaic County Tech finishing second. Don Bosco won the head-to-head matchup, 51-7, using primarily a strong passing game for the win; Jones rushed seven times for 23 yards and two scores, while Smith had 12 tries for 41 yards and 11 tackles.
Smith is a member of Passaic’s Honor Roll and is interested in Biology as a possible major at CU. His full bio appears below.
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned third team All-State, first-team All-Passaic County and first-team All-Tri County A League honors as a senior (he was also first-team All-League as a junior). Started both ways for three seasons (running back, safety), and broke into the starting lineup on defense the second half of his freshman season. As a senior, he rushed for 1,261 yards on 215 attempts (5.9 per), with 10 touchdowns and seven 100-yard games; on defense, he racked up 117 tackles (61 solo), with three interceptions, 24 passes broken up and two forced fumbles. He returned 20 punts for 232 yards (11.6 per) and a touchdowns, and averaged 17.2 yards on 13 kickoff returns. As a junior, he had 185 carries for 936 yards and 6 TDs, with 87 tackles (49) solo on defense, where he also had four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, on recovery and an interception. He returned five punts for 98 yards (19.6 per) with a touchdown, and averaged 20.1 for 12 kickoff returns. He had 392 yards as a sophomore (90 carries, 3 touchdowns), with 60 tackles on defense (31 solo), with five passes broken up, an interception and a caused fumble. He had 13 tackles (12 solo) his freshman year. Top games as a senior included a 25-22 win over Clifton, when he rushed for a career-high 234 yards (on just 22 carries, or 10.6 per), and had 13 tackles on defense; a 35-0 win over Bloomfield, when he scored four touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving and one via punt return); and in a 22-15 win over rival Passaic, when he rushed for 133 yards and two scores, with 10 tackles and two PBU’s. One of his best games as a junior came in a 14-0 loss to Milford, when he rushed 33 times for 181 yards. Under coach John Iurato, PCT was 8-3 his senior year, reaching the state playoffs, and was 6-4 his junior season, 4-6 his sophomore campaign and 2-8 as a freshman. He also lettered three in tracks (sprints, freshman through junior years).
ACADEMICS—He is interested in Biology as a possible major and will enroll in CU’s School of Arts & Sciences. He owns a 3.1 grade point average as a prep and made the Principal’s Honor Roll as a senior.
PERSONAL—He was born August 29, 1992 in Passaic, N.J. Hobbies include bowling, movies and video games.