|High School:||Benjamin E. Mays|
• Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List, 2015-16
• Dean's List, Fall 2015, Spring 2017
• Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Spring 2016
AT GEORGIA STATE: Two-year starter in the secondary and one of the top cornerbacks in the Sun Belt Conference ... According to PFF College Football, his passer rating when targeted was lowest among all returning Sun Belt cornerbacks and No. 3 among all FBS corners ... Has four career interceptions and 12 pass breakups ... Member of 2014 signing class who took a redshirt year.
2016: Tied for team lead the team with three interceptions ... Key performer in a GSU secondary that finished seventh in the FBS in pass efficiency defense and eight in passing yards allowed (173.9) and did not allow any pass play longer than 37 yards. Helped GSU lead the Sun Belt with 4.9 yards per play allowed ... Missed UT Martin and South Alabama games with a hand injury; returned vs. Arkansas State with his hand in cast and made seven tackles.
Grabbed interceptions on Ball State's first two possessions in the season opener, returning the first one 48 yards for a touchdown. Two interceptions in a game tied the school record, and his touchdown was just the second pick-six in GSU history ... Made a big play at Appalachian State with a third-down sack that led to a 52-yard field goal attempt that was missed ... Had his third interception vs. Texas State at the Bobcats 46-yard line, setting up a touchdown ... Sacked Georgia Southern QB Favian Upshaw for a 6-yard loss on third down to force a punt ... Career-high eight tackles and a pass breakup vs. Idaho.
2015: Starting cornerback as a redshirt freshman who led the team with 11 pass breakups, a school record ... Grabbed one interception, along with 44 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack ... Three pass breakups in win over New Mexico State, including one in final minute on 3rd down at the GSU 32, forcing NMSU to attempt a 39-yd FG that was missed.
Missed the Oregon game after breaking a bone in his hand, and then played the next several games with a cast ... Season-high seven tackles with two pass breakups in win at Ball State ... Had four tackles with a TFL and a pass breakup vs. UL Lafayette.
Two tackles and two pass breakups to help the Panthers hold South Alabama to 282 total yards in 24-10 win ... Grabbed his first interception in win over Troy. Also shared a sack on third down that took the Trojans out of field goal range and had a pass breakup and six tackles ... Had a pass breakup and 0.5 tackles for loss vs. San Jose State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for coach Corey Jarvis at Atlanta's Benjamin E. Mays High School ... Two-time all-area selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Earned first-team all-region honors (6-AAAAA) as a junior.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jerome Robert Smith ... Born Aug. 7, 1996 ... Parents are Jerome and Nina Smith ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.