By Ryan Wood (Post and Courier)
Defensive back who missed the entire 2014 season after suffering a broken left foot during fall camp... versatile player who began his Carolina career at tailback, moved to cornerback, switched back to tailback and returned to cornerback in the spring of 2014 with an opportunity to get on the field sooner... listed on the third team at free safety entering the spring.
2014: Redshirted after suffering a broken left foot during fall camp... missed the entire season... moved to cornerback in the spring.
2013: True freshman who moved from running back to cornerback a week into fall camp... returned to running back during the week prior to the Tennessee game... played in nine games... used primarily on special teams... logged four carries for five yards in the win over Mississippi State... with injuries mounting at running back, had an opportunity to show his wares against Coastal Carolina... responded with a 103-yard effort and a touchdown on 10 carries... included was a 52-yard burst... finished the season with 108 yards rushing on 14 carries, a 7.7-yard average.
HIGH SCHOOL: Running back who prepped at Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla, graduating in 2013... team went 12-3 in his senior season under head coach Josh Corey... tallied 2,178 yards on the ground with 24 touchdowns earning first-team Class 8A all-state honors as a junior... did not have a fumble in 295 carries as a junior while garnering Florida Times-Union Offensive Player of the Year accolades... three-star prospect, the 43rd-best running back in the nation and ranked 82nd on the Florida top 100 according to Rivals... a three-star prospect and the nation's 61st-best running back by Scout... a three-star prospect, the 64th-best player in the state, and the 14th-best all-purpose back in the country by 247Sports... a three-star prospect, the 33rd-best running back and an All-Southeast Region pick by PrepStar... selected South Carolina over Wake Forest but drew scholarship offers from multiple programs including Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, West Virginia, and others.
PERSONAL: Jamari Smith was born October 19, 1994... is a sport and entertainment management major.