Jayhawks stand out for Texas TE

There's something to be said for being first to the metaphorical party with a prospective football recruit. Quite a lot to be said, actually, and the Kansas Jayhawks were the first BCS program to knock on the door of Waco (TX) Reicher Catholic tight end Jordan Smith - just one reason why they sit so well with him today.

A 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect, Smith currently holds offers from Air Force, Kansas, UTEP and, most recently, Cincinnati. Coveted for his athleticism and ability to stretch defenses in the passing game, while at the same time possessing a frame that suggests he'll be able to make himself a force as a traditional blocker as well, the Jayhawks identified him during spring football.

It didn't take long for tight ends coach Aaron Stamn to convince Head Coach Turner Gill that Smith was worth an offer, and since mid-May the two parties have gone about building a quality relationship.

He still hears from Stamn on a weekly basis, Smith said, sometimes more than once - and in fact spoke with Gill just last week.

"It's still consistent," he noted, of his contact with kansas. "I've gotten a letter from every single member of their coaching staff, which is really great to see that they really like me there, and they really want me."

The offer from the Bearcats came just two days ago, and though he hasn't had the chance to learn a great deal about the program just yet, he's looking forward to familiarizing himself with what they have to offer.

"It's a great offer," Smith said. "The Big East. It's definitely good to have an offer from four different conferences. I just started talking to them about two and a half weeks ago, and they really liked me, liked my body type and the type of football I play."

Right now, however, the Jayhawks are on top with this talented tight end prospect, due to the quality and longevity of his relationship with the coaching staff. After promising Kansas his first official visit, Smith is determined to make good on that promise - and it looks as if a tentative date is set.

"We've kind of got it in the books," he explained. "It's supposed to be the (Texas) Tech game (Oct. 1), the homecoming game, but we're not sure on what time the game is yet. So we probably won't know until a week and a half before the game."

As to a timeline for a decision, Smith says he'll make one when it feels right.

"If through half the season I feel 'Hey, this is the place,' or after my official to Kansas or Cincy or wherever else, if it feels right I'll commit," he said. "You've gotta be careful with it, this is the next four years of your life. You've just gotta look at it from every angle, and that's what I'm planning on doing."

Expert's TakeSmith is a tight end who can stretch defenses vertically and will be a weapon in the passing game. He will be quicker and taller than most linebackers who try to cover him creating a mismatch. He is a solid blocker, but will need to add some size to his frame to fend off the bigger, stronger college ends. (Greg Powers, Scout.com national recruiting analyst)

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