"I love 7-on-7, it's really a good thing to develop chemistry between quarterbacks and receivers," Smythe said. "So I'm definitely excited to be back out here."
Still, Smythe said it did take a bit of adjustment to go back to playing without pads. Smythe had the rare opportunity to don pads and hit people in July, thanks to his place on the Team USA U-19 team.
"It kind of is different just from the aspect of being able to get separation by using your body more," Smythe said. "Other than that, it's not too big of a deal. But you definitely notice a difference."
Belton emerged as a thorn in several 7-on-7 teams' sides not only because of Smythe working the middle as a tight end, but also because of a team starting to cultivate some younger players.
"We feel like if we play as well as we can, we can compete with anybody here," Smythe said.
College Station was just the most recent stop on the Smythe summer tour. After going to Austin for Team USA, and College Station for 7-on-7, he said he plans to take part in Gridiron Kings in Orlando.
"After that, I have a little bit of downtime," Smythe said. "I'd only have workouts to prepare for two-a-days."
After the season ends, Smythe may have a trip or two as well. He's been nominated for both the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Semper Fidelis Bowl, and though he doesn't have an invitation, he's likely on the short list for both games.
His efforts have continued to draw attention from college recruiters; this past week he earned an offer from Georgia. But don't worry about his commitment status.
"That was really random; I hadn't talked to them at all," Smythe said. "I'm totally solid to Texas."