Texas QB Lists Miami

Keith Smith is a very promising quarterback currently playing for Shoemaker High School in Texas.

Keith Smith 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. He has a combination of power and speed. Smith posted a 4.5 40-yard dash time; benches 220, squats 485, and can power clean 220 lbs.

He is considering Texas, Baylor, Florida, and Miami. Smith ranks academics very high on his priority list, citing that he is interested in the Biochemistry field. He currently boasts a 3.4 GPA and is working on getting around a 1250 on the SAT.

"My goal is to get a partial academic scholarship," he said.

Smith said he has talked to some scouts at Baylor and briefly chatted with Texas coach Mack Brown at camps.

"I like Baylor's science department and the combination of academic integrity and football success at Texas," Smith said. "I also like Texas because it's close to home."

Smith's interest in Florida comes from a family connection.

"I have a lot of family, aunts and uncles, and grandparents around Gainesville and I've been there a couple times," Smith said. "I like the offense they run and I watched them a lot as a kid."

Smith also has family and friends around Coral Gables and sees the University of Miami as a place where his football career can really take off.

"When you go to Miami your name is out there and you are always getting exposure," he said. "People always see Miami on TV so your name gets known."

In only their 5th year as a football program, Smith led Shoemaker to their first winning season with a 6-4 record. He threw for 1,000 yards as well as rushed for 1,000 yards with over 10 touchdowns in both categories.

"I definitely stepped up as a leader this year and really want to bring this team to the play-offs next season," he said.

Smith will be attending the University of Texas' team camp in June as well as attending the Abilene-Christian Passing Academy.

"It will definitely improve my throwing game, which is one of my most important goals," Smith explained.

Smith said that he grew up watching the Dallas Cowboys and was very impressed with Troy Aikman, specifically his leadership abilities. He models his game, however, after a quarterback with whom he shares the same style.

"Steve McNair, when he first got in the league, was my idol because he was a dual quarterback. If there were yards on the ground, he would get them, but if there was an opening downfield, he had the power and accuracy to get it to his receivers. He was unstoppable."

In addition to playing football, Smith also plays power forward on the school's basketball team and runs track.

Smith runs a 51.3 in the 400-meter dash along with high jumping and long jumping. He says the 400 has definitely helped him speed up on the football field.

Besides sports, Smith enjoys building computers with his dad and hanging out with his 11 year-old brother.

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