Player Capsule: Jack Smith
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 175 pounds
2016 season quick review: One of eight players to throw a pass for the Sun Devils in 2016, Smith had the highest passer rating with a 40-yard completion on his lone attempt on a trick play against Washington State. He practiced primarily at wide receiver but became an emergency option at quarterback after ASU had lost three scholarship players at the position by mid-season.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: The son of ASU head baseball coach Tracy Smith, Jack Smith was a surprise late addition in the Sun Devils' 2016 class. The former Phoenix Mountain Pointe quarterback flipped from NAU to ASU just after Signing Day upon being offered a scholarship by Todd Graham. He was the lowest-rated prospect the Sun Devils signed in the class by our network-independent ratings analysis.
An athlete recruit, Smith was initially pegged to play safety but pretty quickly transitioned to wide receiver last year upon joining the Sun Devils for practices. He was a good high school quarterback, albeit slightly built and undersized. Upon being moved to quarterback temporarily due to the rash of injuries, Smith made a positive impression in practices for how quickly he assimilated to the role and ran the offense in tempo segments observed by reporters.
This spring, Smith was back at wide receiver, where he took some second and mostly third-team reps. He's still pretty thin and lacking any real muscle density, but Smith has added 10 or so pounds since joining the program and is starting to look a little more the part of a Division I football player. Though a reasonably good athlete -- there's video of Smith making some non-routine dunks in high school -- Smith's not of the same caliber as most of the players in the wide receiver group.
The best bet for Smith for playing time and success would have likely been as a small school quarterback, where he has good natural feel and size and arm strength limitations wouldn't prevent him from success. He wanted to be at ASU, however, and was given the scholarship opportunity. It's just not likely to result in much playing time for at least the next couple years.
Projected depth chart status: Smith is clearly outside the top half dozen receivers on the ASU roster in the competition for playing time, and none of those players are seniors except for walk-on Ryan Jenkins. Six players -- N'Keal Harry, John Humphrey, Ryan Newsome, Terrell Chatman, Kyle Williams and Frank Darby -- are sophomores or younger, and ahead of Smith by our estimation, on the depth chart.