Orlando Safety Ja'Dai Smith Commits to FAU Football Class of 2021
FAU landed a holiday weekend commitment on Sunday in hard-hitting Orlando, FL safety Ja'Dai Smith.
Owls safeties coach Lane Guidry first contacted Smith (pictured) just a few weeks ago, and his recruitment moved quickly from there.
"I was talking to coach Guidry and coach ''Boosie'' (FAU cornerback coach Stanford Samuels Jr.) almost every day and they just made it feel like family.''
"The way coach 'Boosie' approaches and sees the game is a lot like my current coach - Coach (Rodney) Wells (Dr.Phillips head football coach).''
Like all coaching staffs across the country, FAU had to get creative in showing off its beautiful campus and new facilities with recruits unable to visit.
"I got a virtual tour of the stadium, the new weight room, all the player's meeting rooms, and pretty much the whole campus", Smith explained.
The Dr. Phillips product, who had nine pass breakups in 2019, loves defending receivers, although it is not the favorite part of his game.
Anyone who watches just a couple minutes of Smith's highlights will notice he plays with an old school level of physicality, one that produced 59 tackles, five tackles for a loss, and a sack from the safety and corner positions in 2019.
"If you play against me you are going to have to play physical", said Smith, "I love playing the run and hitting people.''
Smith becomes the third commit of the 2021 cycle for FAU Football, joining defensive end Dwight Dassaw and offensive lineman Okino King.
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My sources rave about this player.
Finding a good length in the secondary is difficult.
It will be interesting to see how they use him as he can be an in the box safety as his game is a lot like Jalen Young's or he can be a long outside corner like James Pierre.
2021 @FAUFootball DB commit Ja’Dai Smith (@realtrilljadai) warming up before @dphsfootball playoff game vs @PantherPride305 and 2021 FAU commit Dwight Dassaw (@gvo_dunk) #fau pic.twitter.com/R8Ac4GDdP9— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) November 14, 2020
Local Owl saidThanks for all you do Shane. This is huge for our program.Posted On: Nov 14th 2020, 6:17 PM
I love doing it. Not only for the program and The Nest, but I just love watching football.
10 or so FBS players on this field tonight.