Only a couple weeks after receiving a commitment from Davin Hawkins, the Wildcats have received the thumbs up from three-star athlete Ryan Smith. "I was just letting you know I committed to Kentucky," said Smith to Scout.com's Andrew Bone.
Smith fits into the recurring them of recruiting athletes and fitting them in on the roster where ever they can stick. At 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, Smith current plays quarterback and corner for his high school. But that's not necessarily where the UK staff sees him.
"Coach Thurmond said they would just see what would be the quickest way I could get on the field and make plays for the team," said Smith. Smith says he has no preference in position. "I just want to play," he said.
Scout puts Smith as a safety prospect, but he could wind up at linebacker or wide receiver for Kentucky in addition to the safety spot.
"I just try to make plays," said Smith. "I'm a play-maker. I just feel like I can come in for coach Thurmond and play safety. If I come in at receiver or quarterback I can make plays on offensive side of the ball," he finished.
Where ever Smith fits in, they will be getting a very productive player. As a junior Smith passed for almost 1300 yards and 20 touchdowns. He ran for almost 1400 yards and 19 touchdowns. Defensively he had 70 tackles and six interceptions. This season isn't much different. Through eight games, on the ground , Smith has almost 900 yards rushing on 60 carries and 14 touchdowns. He's also got 43 tackles and four picks on defense.
"I just felt like I could come in and help out," he said. "That was the best place. I like the coaches and they thought really highly of me. I felt a connection with them," he finished.
Smith is the 13th prospect to commit to the Wildcats for the 2009 class.