Out of the blue we got a message from former Union County quarterback Keiston Smith. The prospect we considered the top quarterback in the state in the 2013 class and a Shrine Bowl quarterback at that says he's ready to resume his career playing the game he misses so much.
Currently enrolled at USC-Union Smith is taking classes and says he has a GPA of "close to or around a 3.0."
"It's been tough. My life basically has always been playing football, and without it I feel like something was missing I felt like a waste of talent. I've always loved the game but after you go without playing it makes you love it more. I just feel like I've got something to prove."
Coming out of Union County Smith says he had some offers from schools like Newberry, Carson-Newman, and Tusculum. Right now Smith misses and loves the game so much he says he's willing to do whatever it takes to get back on the field.
"Yeah it's always that dream of playing D1 ball but when your without the game for a whole year who I play for doesn't even matter anymore."
Smith says whether its D1, D2, or taking the JUCO route is something he's all open to as well. He's already spoken with another 2013 prospect who is taking the JUCO route now, Davon Durant formerly of Greenwood High School.
"Yeah I've talked with Davon before and he's at Butler and I hear its one of the top JUCO's out there."
The 6'2 230 pound prospect we likened to a young Donovan McNabb during his career at Union County. He excelled through the air and also got it done with his legs on the ground. Although not a speed demon he was fast enough running in the low 4.7 range while using his strength and size to offset things when facing defenses while on the run.
One look at his stats from his senior season and you'll see why we rated him the #1 quarterback in the state for 2 years running. Smith was 255-447 for 4,340 yards (57% completion) and 40 passing touchdowns. He also rushed 155 times for 1,054 yards and scored 19 rushing touchdowns. Those numbers combined gave him 5,394 yards of total offense. His 59 total touchdowns was a state record at the time for a single season. Once again he was selected to play in The Shrine Bowl as well in a game that South Carolina would defeat North Carolina.
"I'm ready to be somewhere playing this Fall hopefully."
With a renewed hunger and an appreciation for the game Smith will now begin the process of reaching out to as many programs and coaches as he can to try and earn a chance at playing the game he loves so much again.
Check out his senior season highlights below courtesy of our friends at Athlete Vault.
Smith with 2011 Badger Sport South Showcase Top Offensive Player Award