When I think of Sills and now Smith it always reminds me of Damon Bailey, the Indiana schoolboy basketball star around my time of high school. Bailey was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as I believe an 8th grader and called the best player in his class. He got an offer from the great Bobby Knight in the 8th grade and went in to play for Indiana and Knight. He had a very mediocre career and never became the player he was touted to be. I remember seeing an interview with him after his career was over and him saying that the pressure of all the hype really got to him and was always on his mind.
I wish Smith all the luck in the world but I think all this is doing is putting a bullseye on him. I think it's undue pressure on a kid so young. I personally think even if he gets these offers that his handlers should keep it under wraps. To not let this thing become public, at least until he plays a down on Varsity. It's crazy that 8th grade kids are doing interviews to me. Because now the other kids(and older more experiences ones) are going to go out of their way to try and make an example of him. His every move will be critqued by the masses. I saw the same thing with Sills. I saw the Rivals posts of people trashing him and calling him overrated. On this board I believe we do a pretty good job of not bashing kids, the Rivals National board does no such thing.