Indian River DT Ben Smiley (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
After compiling 32 college scholarship offers, Ben Smiley has narrowed his list to ten schools
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Indian River DT Ben Smiley has an abundance of college scholarship offers. Last week, Ben picked up offer No. 32 when Texas A&M officially offered the big man.
On Sunday night, Ben announced a narrowed list of ten schools.
“I want to thank God, Coach Ferebee, my trainer Coach String, and all my coaches for all of their support. To all of the colleges that have offered me, I’m truly honored and blessed to have been selected to be a part of such great colleges. With that being said, here are the top ten colleges I will be focusing on the most!”
Smiley’s list held a few surprises. For one, Virginia Tech did not make the list. There are certainly a lot of big names.
Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, Miami, Nebraska, NC State, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas A&M made the list, in no particular order.
“College coaches love Ben’s size and potential,” said Indian River Head Coach Glenwood Ferebee.
Smiley has been a force on the defensive line at Indian River since he arrived as a freshman. He’s seen some time on the offensive line as well, and there’s a chance that any of the schools recruiting him could move him to the O-line given his strength and size. He’s currently 6-4 and about 280 pounds with a frame that would easily take on more muscle mass.
Smiley isn’t the only Indian River football athlete attracting college attention. Linebacker Charles Dixon picked up an offer from Morgan State last week, and linebacker Ahshawn Moore added an offer from North Carolina as well. The Tar Heels offered Smiley in addition to Moore, but didn’t make Smiley’s short list.
Moore has had a few bumps in the road, missing his sophomore and junior seasons due to academic issues, but Ferebee has stated clearly that the colleges who have offered him understand that Ahshawn is putting in the work to get his transcript in order, and they’re looking forward to seeing him become NCAA eligible.
– Andy Hilton