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Lee County RB received offers from all eight Ivy League schools. But that’s not where he’ll go

Jahmir Smith listens to Spanish teacher, Julissa Rivera during class on May 1.
Jahmir Smith listens to Spanish teacher, Julissa Rivera during class on May 1. rwillett@newsobserver.com

Lee County High School running back Jahmir Smith received offers from all eight Ivy League schools, along with Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State.

But he will not attend any of those schools. Instead, Smith announced on Twitter Sunday that he is committing to Notre Dame.

Smith, a rising senior, has a 4.43 GPA, and also scored a 25 on his ACT.

The 6-foot, 198-pound 17-year-old from the class of 2018 is one of the best players in the state academically and athletically. He’s rated three-stars on 247sports.com’s composite rankings and held more than 30 offers from schools around the country, including Ivy League schools – Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Darmouth, Cornell, Pennsylvania and Columbia.

Smith was an N&O All-Metro football pick last season after rushing for 2,130 yards (6.7 per carry) and a state-leading 41 touchdowns for the 12-2 Yellow Jackets.

He started high school at Southern Lee, where he didn’t play much.

After his sophomore year, he transferred to rival Lee County, where he emerged as a starter.

He said he would receive more than 100 texts a day from coaches hoping he’d sign with their school early.

Smith said on Twitter that he visited Notre Dame last week.

Efforts to reach Smith Monday were unsuccessful.

Smith aspires to play in the NFL and be a doctor.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander

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