Cleveland Heights Coach Mac Stephens Believes Smith's Senior Season Will Be Exceptional

Cleveland Heights head coach Mac Stephens expects Tyreke Smith to be one of the best players he's coached when Smith's high school playing days are all said and done.

With National Signing Day exactly two weeks away, eyes are locking in on the 2017 recruiting cycle. 

That being said, it’s never too soon to look ahead to the 2018 recruiting trail, right? 

Four-star defensive end Tyreke Smith out of Cleveland Heights is a 2018 prospect that is being highly sought after for good reason. The 6-4, 255-pounder is the No. 162 overall player in the 2018 class and the 10th-highest rated player at his position. 

Cleveland Heights head coach Mac Stephens, who has 14 years of experience coaching high school football, didn’t hold back when asked about Smith. 

“Tyreke Smith will probably be one of the best players I’ve ever coached,” Stephens said. “Based on the offers that he’s received so far, it’s pretty impressive.” 

In all, the top defensive end in the state of Ohio has received offers from 20 schools, including Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, UCLA and USC, to name a few. 

The former NFL linebacker went on to say that Smith is expecting to hear from another program soon. 

“I know there’s a big-time school that is going to make an offer in the next couple of days,” Stephens said Tuesday.  

Stephens also noted that Smith, who has not officially visited any school yet, still has plenty of room to grow in his final season of high school football this fall. 

“Tyreke, right now at 6-5, 260, is just extremely athletic,” the head coach said. “He’s still kind of figuring the game out, which is the scary part. So going into his senior year, it’ll be fun because he’ll actually know what he’s doing, whereas last year he was just out there on athletic ability.”


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