Jacques Smith speeds up for UT camp

Jacques Smith just keeps getting better.

Tennessee’s first commitment of the 2010 signing class ran the fastest 40-yard dash of his life during Monday’s football camp for linemen at UT when he posted a time of 4.62 seconds.

“It’s amazing that I’m still in shape and was able to perform like I did today,” said the defensive end from Ooltewah High School, who was also one of the most dominant defensive linemen in pass rushing drills. “It really makes me feel good. I didn’t know I had all that in me.”

The 40-yard dash and quickness in drills is even more impressive considering Smith is 10 to 15 pounds heavier than he was during the 2008 season.

Smith also wasn’t able to perform football drills for almost three weeks as he ran track, which certainly helped his speed.

“I could tell I had gotten faster because of track season,” Smith said.

Smith also posted a vertical jump of 34 inches during Monday’s camp.

“It was really hardcore compared to last year’s with the last coaching staff,” said Smith, who is 6-foot-2 ½ “It was just so much more intense.

The added intensity came mostly from defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.

“Coach Orgeron just pushes you to go hard the whole time and not to give up, finish each drill just like you did the first time,” Smith said. “I really enjoyed it. That’s how I play and that’s why I really like coach Orgeron.”

As he’s repeatedly vowed to do, Smith was recruiting for the Vols once again. His target was again offensive lineman James Stone.

“I was really getting James Stone,” Smith said referring to the Maplewood High School star. “I was talking to him a lot. I was telling him after practice ‘You need to go ahead and commit today.’ I know he loved it today.”

Stone stayed long after the camp to visit with UT’s coaching staff but isn’t thought to have committed. Stone, however, couldn’t be reached for comment late Monday evening.

Stone is one of the best prospects in the state, a top offensive line prospect in the region and a high priority for UT.

As for Smith, he looked completely comfortable in his commitment as he bobbed his head and lip-synched to the rap music UT played during the final session of Monday’s camp.

“That just made it even better,” Smith said. “(UT’s coaches are) just cool like that. If you work hard at our school, we get to listen to music in the locker room. If we don’t, we get it taken away.

“I think it’s just another thing to get you hyped up a little more.”

Smith plans to enroll at UT in January, meaning he won’t have high school track or basketball to distract him from reaching his football potential.

“All during basketball season, I felt like I was out of shape but I guess I wasn’t,” Smith said. “I’m definitely in football shape.”

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bspurlingcac#225603 writes:

We are recruiting speed again. Vols will be back soon.

kingsportvolfan writes:

Great to hear. He is recruiting a big nasty for us to. i can say this kid is giving good advice. Keep recruiting Smith. Tell them all to be ready to win a national championship!

vol_chaz writes:

This kid will be a force to be reckoned with...Nice speed...

utvolsfan001 writes:

We haved definetly lacked speed in recent yrs...Nice to see it is a priority of the current staff..Man, is it Sept yet!!!

gnm53108 writes:

Now this is the kind of young man Tennessee needs.

Nice article Dave.Keep em coming.

chaos001 writes:

“It was really hardcore compared to last year’s with the last coaching staff,” said Smith, who is 6-foot-2 ½ “It was just so much more intense."

---yet again, Fulmer & Co. sucked.

“I was really getting James Stone,” Smith said referring to the Maplewood High School star. “I was talking to him a lot. I was telling him after practice ‘You need to go ahead and commit today.’ I know he loved it today.”

---PLEASE, LORD JESUS, LET HIM SIGN SOON!!!

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

I made this site popular. That is all.

BillVol writes:

I don't know about the rap music and all. But whatever gits r done...

MrKnoxville writes:

This kid's attitude reminds me of Al Wilson.....he is a LEADER 110%.....he is keeping his word that he will recruit for Tennessee every chance he gets too....oooohhhh my when he makes it to the field in 2010.

teampenny#658108 writes:

Good story-keep them coming. Go Vols

ibvolman writes:

Great story. Good to hear Smith is continually improving, and will be a beast in 2010. I hope he got through to Stone with his recruiting efforts. If nothing else, I hope Stone is now thinking seriously about the Vols.

Oh, and by the way...it sure is nive to finally be able to read an article and respond without all the troll trash all over the place. Thanks kaplan.

dvhill100 writes:

You really have to love the intensity of the coaches. They not only make it demanding, but fun. We all forget it is just a game, and by definition games are supposed to be fun.

TSNSD4UT writes:

in response to ibvolman:

Great story. Good to hear Smith is continually improving, and will be a beast in 2010. I hope he got through to Stone with his recruiting efforts. If nothing else, I hope Stone is now thinking seriously about the Vols.

Oh, and by the way...it sure is nive to finally be able to read an article and respond without all the troll trash all over the place. Thanks kaplan.

Amen to the no troll trash just football.

hotrodvol writes:

This O-lineman is a top priority.

http://tennessee.rivals.com/viewprosp...

appalachianvol writes:

A very good report! The coaching staff has a map to the top. These youngsters are the pieces to the road.

give_him_6 writes:

Good deal

sameolvolalum writes:

The monsters are coming! The monsters are coming! Once we've secured a top tier qb, the o-line hogmollies will start lining up. Ditto for the other offensive skill positions. As far as d-linemen go, I think Coach O and Monte already have that cake in the oven. Isn't it fair to assess that when we've got more speed and skill, the special teams will reap the benefits from it all? It's just another day in paradise.

CoverOrange writes:

Hey Dave, isn't Jacques part of the 2010 signing class, not the 2009?

And can we officially change the spelling to "footbaw"? Real players play "Baw"!!! Just ask Ed.

TD_4_UT writes:

Sounds maybe like Stone is waiting to see ALA before he commits to anyone. I heard they were recruiting him hard. I hope he sees the light and commits to the VOLS we need him.

Laydbakvol writes:

Bobbing his head to rap music! BJ must be going nuts down there in Chattanooga.

finn writes:

Jacques seems to be a great combination of character and ability. I love the excitement in his comments and yet another endorsement for what our staff is doing. Kiffin and Co seem to know when to be tough (ie..dress code) and when to let these kids be kids and not forgetting that this is actually a game.

OrangeMagic writes:

in response to ibvolman:

Great story. Good to hear Smith is continually improving, and will be a beast in 2010. I hope he got through to Stone with his recruiting efforts. If nothing else, I hope Stone is now thinking seriously about the Vols.

Oh, and by the way...it sure is nive to finally be able to read an article and respond without all the troll trash all over the place. Thanks kaplan.

add another amen to the no troll trash! I was about to give up on this site when I saw they got banned.

kabzs writes:

in response to OrangeMagic:

add another amen to the no troll trash! I was about to give up on this site when I saw they got banned.

me too

allvol9 writes:

Awesome guy and what an athlete. Proud that he is recruiting for the Vols. Live in Chattanooga so I will catch several of his games this fall at Ooltewah.

BIGEJ writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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RollTide987 = Borborygmus

Volunatic writes:

I like this guy-- he has a great attitude. I think he will be a great Vol.

cbbcvol writes:

in response to Rich_Rollin_09:

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That might work if he played offense!!

givehim6 writes:

GO VOLS!

voloffaith writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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So if he plays at bammer that makes him roids there?....

On topic, stay true to your commit and come play with UT. Bama might just be on Probation...check the textbooks ya'll

kingsportvolfan writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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haha no national titles for bama. Saban will jet somewhere else just like he always does!

londonvol writes:

in response to kabzs:

me too

me too

EB4Heisman writes:

in response to Rich_Rollin_09:

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Jacquez is a DE not an OL...but hey you tried your best

mrmn74 writes:

In a couple years, we will have the best D we have ever had. Sept cannot get here soon enough! GO BIG ORANGE!!!

dvhill100 writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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I agree, we need to police the posts since KNS isn't very proactive about it. Having said that, we also need to not only police the interlopers, but our own fans. One of the interlopers made a valid comment about the abuse they get from TN fans, and the derogatory names for UF, Tebow, etc., does tend to wear thin. If both sides act like adults, this site will be a great one. You can have disagreements without name calling, insults, cursing, and such.

Before you respond, read what you have typed, and then ask yourself "Would I say this to their face in a public place."

dvhill100 writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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It will be interesting to see what the NCAA finally decides to do.

wjr2b2 writes:

in response to Rich_Rollin_09:

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Dude you really need to pack up your bags, leave your Mom's basement, and seek some type of female interaction. You're a freakin looser!

kingsportvolfan writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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Our coach is gonna be singing Rocky Top all night long when we beat Bamas azz this year. Nick Saban left Lsu after a Championship, and I can tell you that team had 5 times more talant than this Bama team has right now!
Just like Kiffin he didn't succeed in the NFL so how can you judge Kiffin's success he will have by the NFL?

kingsportvolfan writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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Im just messing man, but i really think we got a shot against you all this year. Saban didnt have much to work with in the Pros. Kiffin didnt either though. I mean really he was coach of the oakland raiders. Al davis needs to retire hes tearing what he built down. If Saban stays at Bama there is no reason you shouldnt be a top notch team year in and out. Saban is a he!! of a coach. I hate him but he is awesome coach. Just be glad Rich Rod ended up lying to you guys. haha

murrayvol writes:

in response to WorkinLikeHeck:

I made this site popular. That is all.

If you can use your considerable expertise to turn GVX into a "troll free zone", my hat will be off to you. That is all as well.

murrayvol writes:

in response to BillVol:

I don't know about the rap music and all. But whatever gits r done...

You may not know about the rap music and all Bill, but rest assured they do.

murrayvol writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Hey Dave, isn't Jacques part of the 2010 signing class, not the 2009?

And can we officially change the spelling to "footbaw"? Real players play "Baw"!!! Just ask Ed.

And if Ed's not available, check with Colonel Reb.

murrayvol writes:

in response to TD_4_UT:

Sounds maybe like Stone is waiting to see ALA before he commits to anyone. I heard they were recruiting him hard. I hope he sees the light and commits to the VOLS we need him.

Even as the specter of probation looms over Tuscaloosa.

murrayvol writes:

in response to kabzs:

me too

Me too.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Rich_Rollin_09:

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I consider any comment by this dimwit inappropriate.

gatorz1000 writes:

Just for the record, I really think the Gators will come in 3rd in the SEC this year! If we work hard then perhaps we'll make it to 2nd!

murrayvol writes:

in response to kingsportvolfan:

haha no national titles for bama. Saban will jet somewhere else just like he always does!

Maybe sooner than we think depending how the ongoing NCAA intrusions turn out.

murrayvol writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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But no signatures.

kingsportvolfan writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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yeah i kept believe we was gonna win every game last year.

Al Davis is a legend but he is beginning to ruin his legend.

i know it was out everywhere good thing he didnt huh?
I really do believe Kiffin really will turn it around. The only question is can he coach. He has already proven he can recruit in my eyes.

DrJCrown_theMagicMan writes:

This man went to my old High School.
Hard to think someone from Ooltewah is going to be a force for The Vols.
Its cool to see this.
When I was at Ooltewah it was the number one "Party" HighSchool.
Then I went off to Knxoville and it was pretty "rockin" in 1993.I think it was the #1 party school at the time.(I didn't go to school I just partied there)
No wonder I feel out of place in Bradely County...

DrJCrown_theMagicMan writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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Oh come on now...LOL!
Everybody loses one every now and then for one reason or another.They may not qualify or be smart enough to go to a good university.
At any rate I hope the ALA vs Tenn game this year is atleast a good game and not a blowout.

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