Brooks checks in on Smith

Brooks checks in on Smith

Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks stopped through Dorchester to check in on Robert Smith, who's been a candidate for early enrollment since middle school.

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Smith was on the fast-track to college before he even enrolled at Woodland High. Considered a senior already, he could have graduated this spring. As part of a gifted and talented program, Smith began taking high school classes in middle school.

As an eighth grader, he took Algebra I, English I Spanish I and keyboarding, nearly making him a sophomore before enrolling at Woodland High School.

Right now, all that's left is government/economics.

"I could take English 101 and 102 (this fall), so I wouldn't have to take that at Clemson," Smith said. "Next year, I have only one class I need to graduate. I've got all my credits in all my classes done this year…I could have graduated this year, if I wanted to."

Initial thoughts of early enrollment option entered Smith's mind while watching Da'Quan Bowers' recruitment and later with Malliciah Goodman's.

Even though a January enrollment at Clemson would appear to be the course of action, the Woodland quarterback is also a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.

"I could have the opportunity to play baseball in college. A lot of coaches tell me that," Smith said. "My coach told me if hadn't gotten hurt this year, I could have had a chance of getting drafted in baseball."

After segueing from sport to sport, season to season, he may not be up for taking a shot at playing baseball at Clemson, though he didn't say if Jack Leggett's club has expressed interest.

"When I get there, I'll see how football is doing and then I'll think about that and see if it works out," Smith said.
The three-star standout is currently ranked as the No. 44 safety in the nation by Scout.com.

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