St. Frances defensive end Rahshaun Smith was named the No. 15 prospect in the nation in the Class of 2016 by the recruiting website rivals.com Monday.
Smith, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound five-star prospect, is the only rising junior from Baltimore to be named to the 2016 Top 100. He has been on the national radar for a while, receiving three college scholarship offers before he played a down of high school football.
In June, he was one of only two players from Baltimore to attend the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge at M&T Bank Stadium. Only 108 players of all classes were invited and only 26 underclassmen.
"He does a great job of hustling downfield to make plays when the ball has passed him or the play is on the opposite side. Smith is also very good at disengaging at the right time to make a play, especially against the run," wrote analyst Mike Farrell on rivals.com Monday.
Smith transferred to St. Frances from Calvert Hall after last season, but St. Frances coach Messay Hailemariam said he wasn't surprised by Smith's designation as one of the top rising juniors in the country.
"The calibre of player that he's capable of being and his upside I've known for a long time," Hailemariam said. "It was a surprise to have him come to our program but to see him be where he's at, I'm not that surprised, because you saw an upward trend with him. He has so much physical ability and now that I've been coaching him, even though I haven't coached him in a game yet, you see the gift that he's been given and his work ethic exceeds his ability."
Smith was one of three Marylanders named to the Top 100 along with DeMatha defensive end Shane Simmons and Bullis quarterback Dwayne Hoskins Jr.
He was the No. 2 defensive end behind Shavar Manuel from Tampa, Fla. Hailemairam said Smith is taking his time with thecollege recruiting process, attending camps this summer and weighing his options. He likely won't start narrowing his list until after this season.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun