Smith had "awesome" official to Kansas

When Waco (TX) Reicher Catholic tight end Jordan Smith committed to the Kansas Jayhawks in August, it was as a self-described "soft commit." The three-star prospect wanted to reciprocate the honesty and personal attention shown to him by the Kansas staff throughout the process by making things final in person. Sunday, while on his official visit, he got the chance.

When Jordan Smith gave his verbal commitment to the Kansas Jayhawks in mid-August, it was one self-described as "soft."

That's not usually the type of thing fans like to hear, but the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end from Waco (TX) Reicher Catholic represented a special case.

See, the strength of his commitment wasn't in question. In his mind, his decision to attend Kansas was final. It was more about wanting to show the Kansas staff respect for the honesty with which they approach the recruiting process; and the personal attention they showed him throughout.

When he made things official, he wanted to do so while looking Head Coach Turner Gill in the eye and shaking his hand - and Sunday, while on his official visit to the Lawrence, Kan. campus, he got the chance.

"It was a great feeling," Smith said. "Just overwhelming joy feeling that compassion from everybody. It's not a business. There is that business aspect of getting it done, but everyone was just behind each other."

The weekend visit marked his first trip to his future collegiate home, and the athletic tight end came away impressed with everything he saw, as he did his parents.

That was important, Smith said, because they wanted to know he would be in good hands in the future. Gaining that knowledge meant spending time with tight ends coach Aaron Stamn - his lead recruiter - as well as Gill and other members of the staff.

"Just being around the players and the coaches, the positive attitude no matter what, always wanting to improve," he explained. "It's just such a great atmosphere for somebody to develop and play the sport they love."

Though the Jayhawks failed to emerge victorious from Saturday's Homecoming game with Texas Tech, Smith was still impressed by what he saw on the field - particularly the play of senior tight end Tim Biere.

Biere is a favored target of sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb, and has become a key cog in one of the most improved offenses in the country.

"That's the greatest thing in the world," Smith said. "They're using two tight ends a lot, too. I'm seeing it and I'm like 'Oh my gosh, this is awesome.' That's another reason I chose Kansas."

After the weekend interlude, the focus for Smith now shifts back to his senior season at Reicher Catholic. The Cougars are 4-1 with one game remaining before district play, fresh off a 49-7 drubbing of Austin (TX) Hyde Park Baptist.

"We're ready to get districts started," he said. "It's our last year, so we're going to give it our best shot. We really want that state title."

His experience at Kansas, however, left him more excited than ever to be a Jayhawk.

"Man, I had the greatest time of my life up there," Smith said. "It was awesome." Top Stories