Rockwall QB looking forward to going to SMU

Although Braden Smith is from Texas, having played quarterback at Rockwall High School, being in-state had nothing to do with his decision to sign on with SMU.

Although Braden Smith is from Texas, having played quarterback at Rockwall High School, being in-state had nothing to do with his decision to sign on with SMU.

"The fact that SMU is in Texas was not a deciding factor for me when I made my choice. I just really like the school," Smith told PonyStampede.com Sunday night.

Smith was also offered by Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Utah.

Smith was able to watch almost all of the spring practices at SMU and liked what he saw.

"I was able to get to know Coach (Dan)Morrison and Coach (June)Jones a little during the spring practices and was impressed with they are doing there."

In his senior year, the 6-1, 190 pound quarterback proved his productive passing skills, with 2,899 yards in the air, including 26 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

Smith feels that he will be able to translate these skills to make the transition to the SMU offense.

"I really like what they are doing. Their strategies are similar to what I have been doing in high school; it is just a matter of learning the new terminology."

Smith also hopes that he will be a competitive quarterback in his freshman year. "All you can ask for is the opportunity, and I am going to reach for that opportunity."

Coach Jones is also impressed with Smith's record.

"He has been very, very productive. He had a sensational high school career. His touchdown-to-interception ratio says a lot about his accuracy and the type of quarterback he is. He will get his chance to play, as I told all the quarterbacks, whoever the best player is, is going to play."

Smith knows that being a good quarterback is not only about statistics and what he does on the field. "Being a quarterback means being a leader, being a positive encourager and, of course, making smart decisions on the field."

Smith's father is the head coach at Rockwall High School and also has ties to SMU. He was part of Forrest Gregg's SMU staff in 1988 and '89.

Smith hopes to follow in his father's footsteps and one day be a football coach himself. With that in mind, he plans to major in an education or business.

As for his goals on the field, "I am looking forward to being a part of this team that is going to turn things around."


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