Local 2014 phenom raking in offers

The buzz surrounding Olathe (KS) South offensive tackle Braden Smith has already resonated throughout the Kansas City region for two years, but now word is beginning to spread. A member of the Class of 2014, Smith currently holds a dozen offers to his name, and last week added one from Head Coach Charlie Weis and the Kansas Jayhawks.

In bare feet, Braden Smith stands the thinnest of hairs shy of 6-foot-6.

He weighs 278 pounds. He has a wingspan more than seven-feet wide, bench presses 425 pounds and, despite his mammoth proportions, maintains a body fat percentage so low his waistline is a trim 38 inches.

He is, to put it mildly, unique. And perhaps the most fascinating statistic of all?

He's just 16 years old.

"This is my 27th year of coaching," said Olathe South head coach Jeff Gourley. "I've never seen anybody like him. Not just coached - I've never seen anybody like him. The attention that's coming along with it is certainly well-deserved."

Despite his status as a member of the Class of 2014 - recruiting for which is barely off the ground at most college programs - the mammoth left tackle has already hauled in a dozen offers from some of the top programs in the country. To date, the list in includes Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Kansas State, TCU, Ohio State, Kansas, Michigan, Virginia and Stanford.

Head Coach Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks threw their hat into the ring last week with Smith, who will likely be one of the top prospects in the country, let alone the Midlands region.

Despite his youth, Gourley believes Smith to be about as close to the total package as it gets with outstanding physical strength, solid footwork and incredible flexibility for a player his size. While he can always continue to improve, what he's already capable of is undeniably impressive.

"I'm not taking any credit, I'm giving it to my position coaches," Gourley said. "He is well-coached, first off. He does a lot of step work and he doesn't take false steps and unnecessary movements, and a lot of the things you look at that other kids will do."

Check back with FoxSportsNext and Scout.com for more on his recruitment as it develops.

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