Smith led Springville to upset wins over Utah powerhouse programs Timpview High and Spanish Fork High. "I bench 305 and squat 500 pounds, probably. I've got big thighs. I actually broke our high school record that was 1600 and something against Spanish Fork. They're our rival, so it was kind of a cool thing," he added.
"We also beat Timpview this year also. We stomped them. The score was 34 to 24."
For the season (not including playoffs), Smith recorded 21 touchdowns. "Two (were) from kickoff returns and the rest from the running back position. We‘ve got five good receivers and we've got a quarterback (Scott Pickering) that's thrown for 1,000 yards, and we have a receiver with over 1,000 yards. I mean, that's pretty good to have a running back rush for 2,000; a receiver catch for 1,000; and a quarterback pass for 1,000."
Although Springville lost their first round playoff game to Logan High, Smith performed his part impressively with five touchdowns in that game.
"We kind of chocked in that game. It was against Logan. I had five touchdowns and 250 yards. The final score was 38-35," Smith said.
"I made the Utah Valley All-Elite 11 last year and I had the fastest 40-yard time and best hands at the BYU summer camp." Also an All-Region 6 selection, he was Springville's MVP and was named Honorable Mention All-State.
On the recruiting front, Smith said he "talked to Mike Empey (BYU recruiting coordinator) and coach Crowton. They said they were interested in me. I was at their camp and they told me they really didn't want me to play offense; they wanted me to play defense. They wanted me to go through a bunch of defensive drills and stuff.
"They were looking at me for strong safety or something. They said that they would be watching me and they didn't really offer me or anything. I want to play offense. I want to carry the ball, though. I run a 4.49/40. I ran a 4.51 at the BYU camp, but I have run a 4.49 before," Smith continued.
Smith said the only firm scholarship offers he has received were from Dixie State College and Southern Utah. "SUU and Dixie have both offered me. (Utah coach) Urban (Meyer) never gave me anything and I haven't talked to him that much. Colorado State, I guess, has been talking to some people about me, but I haven't talked to them personally, but that's about it."
"I don't get it. I'm frustrated. I don't know why coaches aren't knocking on my door. I'm the best running back in the state and it's frustrating. I averaged over nine yards a carry and people say I averaged that because I got the ball a lot. I got the ball a lot because I averaged a first down just about every time I carried the ball," he remarked with mild frustration.
"I'm doing good. I'm thinking in December I'll take the (ACT) test and then I'm taking the one following that. I took a pre-test and I got a 25 on that, so I think I'll do OK," Smith said.
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