|Smith at a recent Under Armour Combine.|
Positions(s): Offensive/Defensive Line
Weight: 295 lbs.
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Smith's offer list includes Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Virginia. In April he listed Notre Dame, Texas A&M and TCU as his early favorites.
Smith's legend has been growing rapidly over the past three years. It's likely he's the most highly-touted player to ever come out of the Sunflower League, and he's certainly the most highly-recruited (he's rated as the 19th best player in the nation for the class of 2014 by Rivals.com). What's there to like about Smith's game? Well, just about everything.
In his two years on varsity Smith has twice garnered First Team All-Sunflower League honors on the offensive line, in addition to First and Second Team honors on the defensive side of the ball in his sophomore and junior years, respectively. He's also been named All-Everything at the state level. Tenacious, with a motor that never stops, Smith regularly commanded double and triple teams while spearheading Olathe South's defense the last two seasons. Offensively, recruiting gurus are calling his run-blocking abilities uncanny for a high school prospect.
His tangibles off the field are probably the best of any high school player in the country, some of which can be credited to his relentless training routines. In the weight room Smith's bench press hovers around 500 pounds, while he can squat well into the 600s. His ideal height (6-7) and wingspan (7-0) will allow him to play offensive tackle at the next levels, and he's lean enough (he's roughly 9% body fat) that his frame can handle another 40 to 50 pounds. Oh, and his vertical jump was 37 inches last summer.
Smith helped lead Olathe South to a state title in 2011, before seeing his team fall to 5-4 last season. He's now bigger and stronger (as scary as that sounds) with even more motivation after his team missed the playoffs in 2012. Players of Smith's ability don't come around very often, and if you haven't seen him play, you'll definitely want to catch an Olathe South game this fall to witness him in action.