InsideMizzou Breakdown: Aldon Smith

Today we take a look at Raytown (Mo.) defensive end-tight end Aldon Smith, a previously little-known prospect who has emerged as one of the most sought players in the state. Raytown coach Ken Clemens helps give us the breakdown on Smith, who is one of the most physically gifted prospects on Missouri's entire recruiting board.

Aldon Smith
Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 230 pounds

Statistics: As a junior, Smith recorded 12 tackles for loss while playing defense part-time because of a stinger in his neck. On offense, he compiled 300 yards and three touchdowns. He also averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds on the basketball court.

Suitors: Missouri (offer), Nebraska (offer), Kansas State (offer), Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas.

Recruitment status: Wide-open. Smith has been to Missouri a few times and will visit Nebraska in a couple of weeks. He's keeping all of his options open.

Raytown High coach Ken Clemens on Smith's athleticism: "He's a physical specimen. He's a tall, fast kid and he has great length. And one thing people don't know is that he's year younger than most kids; he just turned 16. Athletically, his potential is limited.

Does Smith project as a defensive end or a tight end in college?

"I think his preference is defensive end, and I think in the long run, if you're looking at NFL potential or long-term potential, that's where his physique points toward.

How has he managed to fly under the recruiting radar for so long?

I think some of it is his move – he just moved to Raytown from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this year. And at the same time he's growing into his body.

How is his recruitment shaping up?

"I think he has a smart dad who has been keeping a good head on his shoulders, and he's waiting it out to see what all of the schools that are recruiting him are all about. He's wide open to any of the schools."

What about off of the field?

"His grades here were great last year and I've never had any discipline problems with him at all. He's got a good head on his shoulders.

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