"I have an offer from UTEP and I'm taking an official visit there in September," said Bearden, who caught 40 passes for 504 yards with five TDs as a junior. "I went to camps at Louisiana Tech and SMU. I've talked to Coach (Stan) Eggen from Tech, and he told me that they're still looking at me."
At the SMU camp, Bearden demonstrated some serious speed, running 4.40 on back-to-back 40-yard dashes. The second-leading receiving for his squad last year, Bearden will see considerable time at running back this season. The transition should be smooth, as Bearden rushed for 218 yards and two TDs on 44 carries as a junior.
Smith, which returns five starters on offense and eight on defense, went 10-3 last season before losing a 28-25 nailbiter to Longview in the playoffs.
"Our football team is looking pretty good," Bearden said. "We've had a bunch of new faces come out this year, and that should help us become a better team. I think - hands down - that we should have both the number one offense and defense in our district.
"We've been putting in a lot of hard work, and we just finished two-a-day practices. We have Garland in a scrimmage this Friday, and I can't wait to hit some other people for a change. This scrimmage should let us know where we're at right now and where we need to be for the opener versus Keller Central."
The Trojans were one of the best stories in Texas high school football last year, going deep in the playoffs just one year after a 2-8 season.