Smith Visits Texas For First Time

2016 Flower Mound Marcus tight end Kaden Smith is no stranger to college interest.

As one of the state's top players in the class, and holding offers already from schools like Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Oklahoma, Smith went to Austin this weekend to meet the new Texas coaching staff and came away with another offer.

"I was really impressed," Smith said. "This was my first time in Austin.

"It's really nice. I get along with the coaching staff," Smith said. "I was really surprised. They came together really fast in a matter of a couple of months. Just meeting them all was really cool. I want a good relationship with my coaches like I do in high school and I was just hoping for the same in college. And I can see that here."

Tight ends are becoming a rare commodity, especially in the Lone Star State, and Smith's 6-foot-5, 235-pound frame, coupled with his production, has led to a ton of early interest. Smith caught 14 passes as a freshman, then snagged in 40 passes for 640 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore this year.

And while a more spread-heavy Texas might not have been as palatable for Smith, he said he liked what he saw from the way Louisville used its tight ends on Saturday.

"I saw plenty of film on how they used them at Louisville," Smith said. "They used double tight ends and the numbers for the tight ends was really impressive. I thought Louisville was more of a spread team, but I was wrong. One tight end had 36, another had 18 catches."

With all of that early interest, and plenty of time to make a college decision, Smith said he wasn't sure when he'd start narrowing things down.

"Of course the schools that jumped in early, they believed in me, so I believe in them too," Smith said. "All these schools are really impressive. So I just want to wait until next year or the next couple of years to decide."

Smith said he might attend Junior Days at Stanford and Clemson, and he planned to catch the Alabama spring game, where his sister attends college. But while this was Smith's first visit to the 40 Acres, it probably won't be his last. He said he planned to come back to Austin for a one-day camp this summer, likely in June.

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