Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne head coach Jay Minton has seen his share of players grow their game from the high school level to college and beyond.
With Minton watching former Warrior standout Braxton Miller close out his career at Ohio State, he feels he’s got another player that could develop into one of the top prospects in the Class of 2018 in L’Christian Smith.
Smith, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound athlete that some felt could be a top basketball prospect now has his sights set on earning a college scholarship in football.
“What brings me to football is the fact I just love the game,” said Smith. “Ever since I was a little kid, God blessed me with the size to go across the field as a wide receiver or come back and play quarterback.
“I’m just blessed to have that size and ability and I’m just glad Coach Minton said I have real good potential as he brings the best out of me on the field and I’m just glad to be playing for him.”
Has Smith really thought about working to take his game to the next level?
“Yes,” he stressed. “Playing at the college level is a goal for me and my parents. We talk about it often but know we must stay focused on today.”
While Smith took some reps this summer at quarterback; he knows this season he’s projected to be a wide receiver for the Warriors. How does he see his future?
“I see myself growing into a wide receiver,” he said. “I know I could get taller but it will be more about me keeping my weight in check because I don’t want to be a real big wide receiver. But I could be turned into a quarterback as well.”
Has Smith set any goals for his first year in high school?
“Get our team to state is the goal,” he said. “This is my first year in high school and every player dreams of winning a state championship. So that is my dream right now.”
This summer Smith got an early taste of the recruiting process with a few camp visits. How did they go?
“I attended Ohio State, Eastern Kentucky and Indiana,” he said. “The camps really helped me on my form as a quarterback, but they also taught me that middle school is way different than high school.”
Scout.com is not ready to say Smith is the next Braxton Miller as they have different skill sets. However, the tools are there for Smith to become one of Ohio’s top prospects in the Class of 2018 if he keeps working hard on and off the field.