Jahmir Smith, a 17-year-old high school junior, is already receiving full ride offers to college thanks to his athletic talents.
Jahmir is an honor student at Lee County High School, located in Sanford, North Carolina. Smith has a GPA of 4.43 and has earned enough credits to graduate high school early. Classmates and teachers describe him as humble, polite, and a little quiet.
During the school’s past football season, Smith rushed over 2,000 yards and scored an incredible 41 touchdowns. This landed him in the record books of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Colleges across the nation have taken notice, and Smith has already received scholarship offers from 33 different schools.
He says that after he received his first offer this past December from East Carolina University, the full-ride offers “started rolling in.” Incredibly, he’s received full-ride offers from all eight Ivy League schools.
Some of his 33 scholarship offers were hand-delivered personally by head coaches at the schools. Smith says a head coach from Princeton recently came to his high school just to watch him practice.
Sitting with a box full of letters, Smith still seems to be in disbelief.
“I really didn’t think it would happen,” he says.
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Rather than making a quick decision, Smith has chosen to take his time and weigh out his options. Remember, he’s only a junior, so he still wants to experience his senior year with his friends. He says he’s looking forward to enjoying prom and spring training.
As of now, Smith has toured nine of the 33 schools he’s received offers from. He wants to pursue a career as an anesthesiologist.
“To get the GPA, you have to have high-level courses and time management,” he says. “It gets overwhelming but I’m handling it.”
It is a blessing to have offers from all 8 Ivy League colleges, but I earned it through hard work in the classroom not only on the field.
— Jahmir Smith (Mir) (@Jahmir_trapical) April 25, 2017
Outside of school and football, Smith is a huge role model to his 8-year-old brother. His mother, Monique Smith, says her son is constantly being asked to mentor young kids in the community.
She keeps a wall full of her son’s achievements and awards from throughout the years. Wherever Jahmir chooses to attend, one thing’s for sure: He has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.