Jahmir Smith is not only a football hero and outstanding scholar but also one of the few high school students in the nation to receive acceptance letters from all eight Ivy League universities, WTVD-TV reports.
In fact, more than 30 universities would like to enroll the 17-year-old junior from Lee County High School in Sanford, North Carolina. Princeton University was the first Ivy League school to court Jahmir, who has proven his ability to balance athletics and academics—accelerating at both.
Jahmir gained more than 2,100 yards and scored 41 touchdowns last season as a running back, which landed him in the state’s high school sports record books. And with a 4.43 GPA, Jahmir has more credits than he needs to graduate early.
“To get that GPA, you have to have high-level courses and time management,” explained Jahmir, who enjoys math and science and takes all honor classes. He told WTVD that he puts academics ahead of sports.
Jahmir’s mother, Monique McLean, told The News & Observer that her son has been academically inclined since childhood.
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SOURCE: Black America Web – Nigel Roberts