Smith to Be Next X-Factor at BYU

In BYU's offensive scheme, the X-receiver position is usually manned by fast receivers who can stretch the defense. Former Cougar deep threat Todd Watkins is a perfect example of the ideal XR. Next month, BYU will receive a letter of intent from a Spanish Fork High School wide out who could be the Cougars' next big deep threat.

"The first time I met with [BYU coaches] they looked at me more as an X-receiver," said Jordan Smith. "Coach Anae said that is were they wanted me to play because I'm a big receiver with speed that can go long. I ran a 4.51 during junior day at BYU. I feel a lot faster over the off-season. I've been working out with Matt Christensen my coach. We did a lot of agility drills and timed our forty afterwards. I feel like I'm a lot faster and I'm very excited to play at BYU. I can't wait."

Smith did not attend any camps outside of BYU, and he did not get much exposure or notoriety because of it. However, local sports writers for both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News did recognize his abilities and accomplishments this season.

"I was first team all-region and first team all-state in 5A in both newspapers," Smith said. "I had over 1,300 all-purpose yards offensively. I was also our punt and kick returner, and I scored around eight touchdowns. I also had three picks and ran one back for a touchdown."

After a slow start at the beginning of the season, Spanish Fork coaches sought new ways to utilize Smith's abilities.

"I wasn't the punt returner to begin the season, but later on, I went back there and after the first couple of games just stayed back there for the rest of the season," Smith said. "Usually there's short quick guys back there, but I think I did alright."

Coaches typically use quick, shifty players to return punts and kicks. The Spanish Fork High School coaches felt the abilities of their 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver were adequate enough for the job. The coaches also placed Smith at multiple positions on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

"Earlier in the season we were struggling," said Smith. "I don't want to be conceited or anything, but I wasn't getting the ball as much as I should have.

On offense, Smith started out playing wide receiver, but he was not utilized as much by Utah bound quarterback Griff Robles. The Spanish Fork coaches met with Smith to scheme ways they could get him more involved in their offense.

"I sat down with the coaches, and we would just come up with ideas and a couple of packages for me," said Smith. "I would line up at shotgun at quarterback or was the pitch option when we ran the option a little bit. They came up with ways or packages to get me the ball more. It was one of the reasons why they wanted me back at kick and punt return to get me the ball more.

"It was kind of frustrating. I wasn't getting the ball as much as I should so back then, [the coaches] decided to put in option plays and quarterback plays for me. They just tried to find ways to get me the ball more. We had other good receivers like Zac Fox. It was between me and him but he got the ball mostly. He was Robles' favorite target and he got most of the passes. They were really good friends."

On the defensive side of the ball, Smith played everywhere from free safety, to cornerback, to outside linebacker.

"I don't know how many tackles I had because we didn't keep track of that," said Smith.

Smith plans on doing voluntary workouts with Cougar football players during the summer to learn BYU's offense and get acclimated to D-I talent. Smith intends to play one year before leaving to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"I'm young and I'm only 17 and don't turn 18 until June," said Smith. "I'll come in and play a whole year then probably go on my mission, so I'll be there in the fall and will play one year before I go."

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