As a 6-foot-4 junior, Jordan Smith had the size many wide receivers envy. He towered over most cornerbacks, but he could not outrun them with his 4.68 speed. At the conclusion of the 2005 season, Smith knew that although he was fast enough to earn all-region honors, he would have to add another gear if he wanted to get serious looks from D-I programs.
"All I've focused on since last year was increasing my speed," said Smith. "All my workouts in the off-season were about increasing my speed. I ran forties just about every single day, and all my workouts were focused on getting faster since that's what I knew I'd have to do to play in college."
Many recruits proclaim a 4.5 or even 4.4 forty, but only a handful of them really have that speed. Most self-reported 4.5 times often balloon to the 4.6s or even 4.7s when tested at a combine or camp.
That was not the case for Smith, however. His off-season regimen appeared to work. He recently ran the fastest forty time at BYU's non-padded camp.
"I ran a 4.51 forty at BYU's junior day and ran a 4.55 earlier this week at BYU's regular camp, so yeah, the workouts paid off," said Smith.
Smith first stood out during the 7-on-7 tournament held at BYU last Saturday. His Spanish Fork High School squad made it all the way to the semi-finals, and they did not even have the services of Utah commit Griffin Robles. Throughout the day, Smith demonstrated remarkable dexterity to go along with his imposing size. Cougar coaches were impressed enough to invite Smith back for the second week of BYU's football camp.
"Coaches told me that they'd like to have me back the following week," said Smith. "I hadn't originally planned to, but hearing that they wanted to see me again was really exciting, so I went back for the first two days and they offered me after I left for my team camp."
An Easy Choice
Up to that point, Smith was receiving moderate interest from such schools as Oregon, Arizona State and Utah State. Utah showed particular interest after Smith performed well at the Ute Shoot a few weeks ago. Smith is a life-long Cougar fan, so the decision to commit to BYU was an easy one.
"Growing up I always dreamed about playing for BYU," said Smith. "I've always been a big BYU fan, so when they offered, I really didn't have to think about it long at all. I knew right away that I'd commit since it's always been my dream to play football for BYU. What more could I ask for?"
Smith was originally recruited by assistant head coach Lance Reynolds and talked a lot recently with his future wide receiver coach, Patrick Higgins. Smith also met with head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
"Coach Mendenhall and Coach Higgins just told me that they loved my height and speed combination and thought I'd make a great XR receiver in their system given my overall athleticism," Smith recalled. "Coach Higgins is a great coach and Coach Mendenhall really has things going in the right direction, so I'm really looking forward to playing with them."
Smith has definite LDS mission plans, but he is still 16 so he will play a year before leaving. He will likely play one of the outside receiving slots where he can use his speed, size and 34-inch vertical leap to be the kind of offensive threat rarely see in Provo.
"BYU is the perfect place for me," said Smith. "They have it all there: great facilities, great coaches, great tradition, great academics and a great environment. For me, it's everything I could hope for. I couldn't be more happy and can't wait to get going. It's really a dream come true for me."
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