It took a little more time for him than some of his South Salem High teammates, but Daschel Smith has made the decision about his football future. The 6-2, 190 pound senior has committed to play at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. The Raiders have been a very successful NAIA program, winning a national championship in 2014.
“I chose Southern because of the opportunity we have with a whole new and renewed coaching staff down there,” Smith said with excitement today.
“Being able to have a chance to play on scholarship is big for me, too. I think anytime you can get through college without debt, you should heavily consider that.”
In his two seasons as South’s starting quarterback, Smith completed 67 percent of his passes for nearly 5800 yards and 68 touchdowns—setting almost every school record at South Salem along the way.
His rise in the Saxon football program was rapid. Smith began his freshman season as a third string safety. He was named honorable mention all-state his senior year after throwing for nearly 3300 yards and 28 touchdowns with just eight interceptions.
Smith says he will be in Ashland by August, but is hoping to move to SOU by the beginning of the summer, to give him an advantage going into summer camp.
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