2018 Linebacker of the Year: Southwest DeKalb’s Derico Smith Jr.

DeKALB – The 2018 honors continue to roll in and the next stop on the DeKalb Recruits list was Derico Smith Jr.

Smith had a good season compiling 89 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, causing three fumbles while recovering two of them. But outside of the stats each week, Smith called this season special.

Check out his question and answer segment with ReporterDarius.

ReporterDarius: You were named the 2018 Linebacker Of the Year by DeKalb Recruits this week. How’s that honor felt?

Derico Smith Jr: I felt that it was a true blessing to be named linebacker of the year I thank god after every game I play because it was a true blessing to be able to accomplish some of the things I did. I also want to thank everybody who didn’t believe in this dream because I knew I was gone be something special.

RD: It was an impressive season for you, describe it for us.

DS: This season was special because I was able to step up in big ball games when my team needed me the most.

RD: When you were going through the season, what was your driving force?

DS: Always have faith and never give up because I got something to prove.

RD: What did you change to improve your game throughout the season?

DS: I changed my mindset throughout the season. I knew that when I’m sleeping there is somebody up watching film or getting better. I stayed up late at night watching film focusing on the plays and the type of players that I was going against.

RD: What’s next for you?

DS: Next is college. I know where I’m going and trust me it’s going to be somewhere special!

RD: Where were your goals at this season?

DS: I didn’t have no personal set goal this season I had a mindset and the mindset I had was to put my team in the best position to win and to lay down the foundation for the young guys.

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Darius Goodman is an alumni of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County and a former piccolo/flute player for the MLK Marching Lions. Upon high school graduation in 2011, Goodman attended South Carolina State University on a band scholarship up until 2015 when he completed his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication with a concetration in Journalism. Once finished with his degree, Goodman then joined Beyond the Flag a FanSided site. From there, Goodman started his career with the Henry Herald/Clayton News Daily in 2016. Within a few years, he attained a few awards: including company wide social media awards and a Georgia Press Association Sports Coverage award. Now, while balancing Henry County, Goodman is reaching out to DeKalb County.

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