Several athletes, well all athletes, start out not wanting to know what they want to do. Some go with their first love, some go with their second love, and even some go with what others want them to play. But Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver DeAndre Smelter did something not many others do. His high school career was a better than average athletic career.
Coming out of Macon, Ga’s Tattnall Square Academy, Smelter was a highly recruited baseball player as well as a highly touted football player that played 4 positions – quarterback, running back, wider receiver and safety. He chose to attend Georgia Tech on a baseball scholarship, rather than football. In his 3 seasons with the Georgia Tech baseball team, Smelter was a dominant pitcher as well as a very athletic and power hitting outfielder that could drop a bomb on you at an unexpected time. His pitching stats were somewhat dominant in 2011, he appeared in 14 games while starting 1 of those 14. He complied an ERA of 0.52 in 17 innings.
His 2012 season was riddled with injury and he failed to not do much at all. After being injured and sitting out of baseball for nearly a season, Smelter decided to join the football team. With the history of receivers in the NFL coming out of Georgia Tech, this decision didn’t surprise many people.
Smelter has been a welcomed surprise for Georgia Tech coaches as well as most Georgia Tech fans. Every time you see him play, you can tell by his body language that he is ready to play every down and put all he can into making the team a more well-rounded team as well as making himself look NFL ready.
In 2013, he’s quickly becoming one of quarterback Vad Lee’s favorite targets, and with the struggles that the Jackets have had trying to keep the option offense moving, his contributions are going to be even more important.