After the season 2017 John Tyler (Tex.) quarterback Bryson Smith had, it’s no surprised the Mustangs decided to pull the trigger and extend the athlete his first scholarship offer.
Smith, who threw for 2,415 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 1,421 yards and 20 touchdowns on ground, has been in touch with SMU running backs coach Claude Mathis since the spring and was happy to hear about his offer.
John Tyler’s head coach Ricklan Holmes informed Smith about his SMU offer after talking to Coach Mathis last week.
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Smith hopes to get an in-depth look at SMU’s campus and facilities when he visits in January for a junior day, but he knows the Mustangs can offer the entire package.
“I like SMU academically and athletically,” Smith said. “I know about them through Jeremy Johnson actually, but I like them. I went there for a playoff game, so I really like the stadium.”
The Mustangs can also offer a high-powered offense that fits Smith’s dual-threat style of play very well, and Mathis has told him that’s a big reason they decided to offer him.
“They told me that they like that I can do both (throw and run),” Smith explained. “If stuff breaks down in the pocket, they love that I can use my feet to escape.”
The Mustangs have told Smith they are recruiting as both a quarterback and an athlete, so he’ll have the opportunity to choose a position he prefers.
In the end though, Smith, who ran a laser-timed 4.52 40-yard dash, says he’ll play whatever positions allows him to see playing time the fastest.
Other Texas schools such as Texas, Houston, Baylor and Texas State are showing interest in Smith, and school location will likely play a factor into the junior’s decision.
“I’d like to stay close to home because I know my family has supported me and they would like to come to the games,” Smith said.
Because he is just a junior, Smith knows he’ll have the opportunity to continue to grow as a passer, which is something he plans to focus on this off-season.
“I really just want to focus on reading defenses,” Smith said. “I just wanted to get to know the defenses and coverages that I face so I can just become a better quarterback.”
SMU is Smith’s only offer at the moment, but the dual-threat quarterback says Houston may not be far behind.