Junior report: Tyler Lee RB Keondra Smith

<B>Keondra Smith</b> is another D-I tailback prospect from East Texas. Hailing from Tyler, Smith powers his way down the field, moving chains and crossing the goal line for the Red Raiders of Tyler Lee. Despite splitting carries with sophomore standout <B>Tyrone Ross</b>, Smith still churns out significant yardage and will look to do the same in his final season as a prep.

"Keondra (Smith) has been a 2-year starter for us," head coach Mike Owens said. "He and Tyrone (Ross) are two completely different runners."

Let's talk about Smith...

"He's a lot more physical," Owens said. "He can pound it in there. He's so much bigger."

Owens continued, "He has great vision, makes good cuts and is a good receiver."

Junior Reg-Season Stats: 1,021 yards, 10 TDs, 179 yards receiving, 2 TDs in ten games.

Coaches didn't have the kick return numbers handy, but we'll try to grab those in the near future.

Accolades: 1st-team all-district RB, 1st-team all-district KR, and all-east Texas tailback.

Smith is a low-4.6/high-4.5 tailback and has a 28-inch vertical.

Tyler Lee DB Coach Huff on Keondra Smith:

"Smith is a lot like Derek Farmer in that he's a physical runner...he's the type of back that runs with power. He can best be described as a running back with a punishing style. He's good in-between the tackles and fast enough. He's not going to outrun you or run any 4.4s, but he's plenty fast enough."

With so many backs in the state, it'll be interesting to see where they all wind up. In Texas, there's not necessarily an outstanding crop of all-purpose prototypes, but definitely a deep class of running backs.

We'll continue to profile Texas running backs in the weeks ahead; there are a lot of them.


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