Trey Smith (6-5, 280), a standout for the University School of Jackson (Tenn.) as a sophomore, is a four-star prospect that has Arkansas high on a list of offers that now numbers 14.
“It’s a very high level of interest,” Smith said. “This is the first time that I have been here, but it’s great, amazing. Top-notch facilities.
“The coaches are honest with you and that’s exactly what I want in a program. You want coaches that are honest with you.”
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has sent 10 offensive linemen to the NFL and Razorback offensive line coach Sam Pittman has ushered 16 onto the league.
That certainly resonates with Smith, who has been invited to The Opening, Nike’s prestigious camp held July 5-10 in Beaverton, Oregon.
“I talked to Coach Pittman and Coach Bielema,” Smith said. “They are just very classy guys. It absolutely does because NFL guys are produced in college and obviously that tells you they can take you to a whole new level in your game.
“So that is definitely going to be taken into consideration.”
Smith, who sports a 3.66 grade point average, has spent the off-season working on a couple of areas after a sophomore season where he had 75 knockdown blocks and graded out at 90 percent.
That season earned him a spot as one of the Tennessee Titans TSSAA Division II Class AA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year Finalists.
“The main thing is keep getting stronger, keeping my flexibility and footwork and when the season comes, just get a lot nastier on the field,” Smith said..
Smith has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Miami, Clemson, Florida State, Kentucky, Miami, Fla., Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Stanford, USC and Vanderbilt.
“I have visited every school that has offered me except for Miami, Florida State, Syracuse, Stanford, North Carolina and USC,” Smith said. “I’ve been all over the country ripping and running.”
Smith says he has always had a passion for college football and is enjoying the recruiting process to this point.
“I’ve always been a big college football fan and just seeing the stuff on TV, the stadiums and now you are in the thick of it,” Smith said. “You are in the undercover scenes and seeing the day-to-day actions and what goes on.”