The Next Smith

Christian Smith, younger brother of No.1 offensive lineman Andre Smith, had a great performance at the U.S. Army combine in San Antonio, Texas. Smith is holding several scholarship offers from elite programs.

Christian Smith, from Huffman High School, has received a lot of attention from college coaches after a great junior campaign with over 500 yards rushing and over 400 yards receiving.

"It's been great and wonderful to have Andre as a big brother," Christian said. "All the schools who were recruiting Andre began to recruit me as well. They got a chance to see me play this year. They all have said I am the next upcoming star."

"I think Andre will come in and excel as a true freshman," Christian said of his brother's first year on the next level. "I really believe he is going to be great just like he has been at Huffman."

The younger Smith is built a little smaller than Andre, standing 6-1, 195 pounds. Smith plays all over the field, but sees his future at receiver.

"All the schools recruiting me have said they are recruiting me as a receiver, except LSU," he said. "LSU is recruiting me as an athlete. They said I could play either receiver or safety. I would prefer to play receiver on the next level."

Smith's athleticism has already earned him scholarship offers from five programs as he stated, "I have received offers from Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Florida. I like all of those schools. They are all respectable programs. They have all won national championships, except for Auburn. I couldn't go wrong with any of those schools."

When asked if he will follow Andre to college the younger Smith replied, "I probably will attend the same school. It's almost a definite chance I will go wherever he goes."

Smith is aware of his strengths, and he knows what he needs to improve before moving to the next level.

"I always know where the ball is, and I have a lot of football sense," he said. "I am always going after the ball. I injured my shin this season which caused me to miss two games. I want to get fully healthy. I need to work on catching the ball and becoming more fundamentally sound."

Smith did not participate in the one-on-one drills at the national combine Sunday afternoon due to an early flight from San Antonio. However, Smith tested well in the events Friday running a 4.5 forty yard dash and clocked in a 4.0 in the short shuttle run.

Stay tuned to as we roll out the class of 2007 immediately following national signing day.

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