A key component to three consecutive state championship game appearances, including a title in his sophomore year, Smith has played a number of different positions for the Blue Devils since he first set foot on the field as a freshman. Playing quarterback, running back and wide receiver on offense as well as safety and cornerback on defense, Smith is a versatile player that is expected to get his first look in the secondary for the Tigers.
Ryan Smith runs for yardage in the 2A title game against Piedmont.
Cordova High School head coach Pete Bush notes that Smith took an official visit to Auburn last weekend and liked it. "He's always been an Auburn fan as a kid," the coach says.
"They came in late and offered him. They have always been his number one school that he has dreamed of going to and when he got the opportunity to go he jumped on it.
"Right after football season they started recruiting him," the coach adds. "They offered him last Thursday. They have known about Ryan down there since Tuberville was down there. They have always liked him, but they never did pull the trigger and they finally pulled the trigger this past Thursday." A quarterback as both a sophomore and junior in addition to playing defense, Smith moved to running back as a senior with Tim Simon moving on to Ole Miss and junior Jake Howton stepping into the quarterback role.
He responded with a huge season as he ran for 1,866 yards and 26 touchdowns and added 18 receptions for 288 yards and another touchdowns. Defensively he added over 80 tackles and nine interceptions despite most teams trying to avoid throwing his way.
As a junior he passed for 1,275 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 1,376 yards and 19 more scores. Defensively he recorded 70 tackles and six interceptions on defense.
In addition to Kentucky, Smith had offers from Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Southern Miss, UAB, Marshall and several more schools. A three-star prospect according to Scout.com, Smith earned All-State honors as both a junior and senior for Cordova.