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Today in Smoot: Meet Ryan Smoot

While Fred Smoot continues taking over the local snack bar market, with Fred Smoot's Smack now being offered on the campus of George Washington University, his family members are also inserting themselves into the public eye. Ryan Smoot is a 5-foot-9, 191-pound safety from Columbus Africentric Early College, home of the Nubians. He says he's Fred Smoot's first cousin, and he will play next year for West Virginia State. Apparently the Smoot family has lots of relations in West Virginia's Boone County. Who knew?

In addition to his high school work, Smoot has 74 hours toward his college degree and might try for a double-major at State. He has never had a C in high school and is closing in on his associate's degree from Columbus State Community College - where he's been taking classes since his sophomore year.

"My inner drive is what may be my best attribute," Smoot said. "I don't want anybody to outwork me. I have two strength and conditioning coaches. I take care of my business, so that younger kids look up to me."

In fact, an Africentric player's father anonymously e-mailed the Columbus Dispatch, according to the Columbus Dispatch, "saying his son had stayed in school and remained eligible solely because of Smoot's tutoring." No mention of snack bars or boat trips or pop culture references that go over my head. My feelings about the Smoot family name are rapidly being scrambled beyond recognition.

Here's a video clip of Ryan Smoot, which for reasons I could not begin to explain, I found on what appears to be a Sam Brownback for President Web site.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 4, 2008; 9:01 AM ET
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