Thursday saw Middletown (Ohio) kicker Cole Smith watch his dream school extend a scholarship offer.
After impressing kicking guru Chris Sailer in the spring, Smith attended one of the Cincinnati Bearcats summer camps and came away forcing the Bearcats to extend an offer.
“I just go the offer today from Cincinnati,” said Smith. “I talked it over with my family and decided to commit to my dream school. Last season I went to a few games and I also train with Andrew Gantz. So I feel in love with the University of Cincinnati.
“I went to a Sailer camp in March and that was when coach realized me. Andrew also sent a few videos of me kicking in camp and they invited me to their camp at UC and I did very well. They said they would get back with me and today Coach (Ty) Linder contacted me and offered me a scholarship.
“So I talked it over with my dad and talked with my mom and decided it was the best place for me. Since it was my dream school, I committed.”
While Smith didn’t have any other offers, several programs were showing interest with Smith being invited to camps at Alabama and LSU.
As for his game, Smith has proven on the field that he’s got the leg to become a major part of the Bearcats.
“I do not use a tee and in practice I’ve been able to hit from 64-yards,” he said. “I hold my school record at 44-yards. I hit that last season and that is the longest attempt I had last year. I’m ranked 19-th and a five-star by Sailer Kicking.”
As for the offer, Smith was almost left without a voice.
“I was speechless and told Coach Linder that I didn’t know what to say when they offered me,” he said. “The coaching staff and the academics of Cincinnati stood out to me as I’m thinking of going towards business and doing a minor in sports management.”