High School A Scout.com top-25 Illinois recruit ... Ranked the 19th-best prospect in the state of Illinois and the 52nd-best outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... A three-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Recorded 82 tackles and seven sacks as a senior with three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and seven tackles for loss ... Led the team in rushing with 783 yards on 146 carries as a running back, scoring nine touchdowns... Twice earned West Suburban Gold All-Conference honors ... Was an All-Area selection by the Arlington Heights Daily Herald in 2004 ... After lacerated kidney injury as a sophomore, came back with 67 tackles, 11 for loss, and 12 sacks in 2003 ... SuperPrep All-Region ... Three-year varsity member ... High school coach was Mark Olson.
Personal Full given name is Rahkeem Jamaal Smith ... Born on October 10, 1987 ... The son of Tamilla and James Smith ... Is one of eight children ... Brother, Tramell, is a middle-distance runner on the Illinois track team.