Position: Offensive Lineman
Size: 6-3, 296
High School: Plano North HS
Hometown: Plano, Texas
One SMU’s biggest wins in the 2016 signing class was Kadarius Smith who SMU had to hold on to over offers from Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, Texas State and Texas Tech. Smith was rated the No.16 center in the nation by Scout.com as he had 75 pancakes over 100 knockdowns.
Given SMU’s string of injuries along the offensive line, Kadarius Smith could be in line for some early playing time at SMU. After putting on close to 15 pounds in the summer, Smith is physically ready to hold his own along SMU’s line. Given the athleticism Smith has, he should be a solid piece along an SMU offensive line that has shown flashes of improvement but still not where he needs to be.
With some of the other options SMU has, dealing with some growing pains from Smith might be their best route to go given his solid mobility and just his pure strength. This strength is something SMU’s offensive line has not had in a while and would be a huge asset to SMU’s run game. Smith will bring a nastiness to SMU that they’ve dearly missed recently.
I expect Smith to be on the field week 1 for SMU against North Texas. Expectations have to be kept within reason early on, given he is going to be adjusting to the collegiate game. With this in mind however, there is no question Smith is ready and definitely one of SMU’s five best offensive lineman on the roster.
He’s going to come with some growing pains, but there will also be plays throughout each game that prove why everyone including the coaching staff is so excited to see what he does down the road. Expect Smith to be much stronger in the run game, based on the way he has mauled defenders in high school, although he will certainly be fine in the passing game as well.