August 7, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Shamar Smith

Shamar Smith is a 4* quarterback out of St. James High School in Vacherie, LA, standing at 5’10 180 lbs. Shamar is listed and was being recruited as an ATH and is currently committed to the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Shamar has exceptional speed, clocking in with a 40 yard dash time of 4.4 as well as a squat of 430lbs. Smith possesses an exceptional football IQ with the ability to make quick adjustments while reading opposing defenses. Shamar has great talent throwing the balll, but truly shines when outside of the pocket when making plays with his legs. Along with a great football IQ, Smith’s hard work in the classroom is evident by his 3.2 GPA. 

At what age did you begin playing football and what got you into it?

I started playing football when I was around 6 years old. My interest began from just playing it in the yard as a kid and realizing that it was something I was extremely good at.

Once you began playing, what was the first aspect of football that stood out that you fell in love with?

I just love the physicality of it and how you can just go out there and hit somebody. Football is an aggressive sport and I like the competitiveness it brings out in you.

As a high school quarterback, what is the biggest task for you during a game?

The constant in-game adjustments. As the leader on offense, I have to recognize defensive formations, schemes, and know if I have to check out of certain plays or make adjustments. It’s a lot of responsibility.

Do you have a favorite football player or someone you strive to be like in your playstyle?

For QB I model myself after Lamar Jackson, and another favorite of mine is Tavon Austin from Dallas.

So being that you model your playstyle after Lamar Jackson, would you consider yourself a dual-threat QB?

I definitely consider myself as a dual-threat. I love running the football and It is what I’m best at.

What drives you to go out there every friday to compete?

My goal is to always play for my grandmother and my cousin who both has passed away. When I’m on the field and making great plays, I know they’re looking down at me and are proud of my accomplishments.

What are some things that you feel set you apart from other athletes in the state?

My work ethic. I’m always working on things outside of practice even when I’m not around my coaches and teammates. I’m also always looking to increase my football IQ, mainly by constantly studying film.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

No, I’m not really a superstitious person, but one thing I always do before a big game is set aside time to pray. It’s a good way to clear my head and get focused.

Any play in particular that is your favorite, or one that you always look forward to being called in-game?

I can’t say that I have one particular favorite play. What I love most is just adapting to each situation and making the most out of what the defense gives us.

Finally, if not quarterback, is there another position you believe suits your talents?

Wide Receiver for sure. I’ve played the position before and have a lot of knowledge when it comes to route running and reading defenders.