"I always wanted to go to ASU. I know they already had one tight end committed and that they would have just one more spot (in the recruiting class). So I wanted to commit right when I got the offer before they give someone else offer and have someone else commit to them."
Smith scored two touchdowns in the big rivalry 21-0 win against Scottsdale Chaparral this past Friday. The tight end was naturally elated with the victory, but even more with the shut out. "It doesn't get much better than that," admitted Smith.
Going into this year, the Sabercats' coaching staff planned to utilize Smith more in the passing game and the three touchdowns he has to date is evidence that these efforts have been effective thus far. "Last year our quarterback Tim Ruben ran the ball a lot, so there were less chances to get involved in the passing game," explained the 6-3 240 Smith. "This year with Cole Rarrick at quarterback we're throwing the ball a lot and I feel that I'm much more in the mix. My blocking and receiving skills are pretty much even. I'm playing both ways, and the only time I come out is on special teams."
The Sabercats are undefeated as the state's #1 4A-1 class team, and are poised to capture another state title. "It's championship or bust," stated Smith. "But we don't want to look ahead. We're just taking the games one by one and hopefully we can win it all in the end."