Smith Shines in Spring Game

FLOWER MOUND, Texas -- Scout.com got a look at 2016 four-star tight end Kaden Smith at Thursday's Marcus High School spring game.

Flower Mound Marcus 2016 tight end Kaden Smith already holds double-digit offers from some big-time college football programs.

Smith's efforts during Thursday's spring game showed why he's already picked up offers from Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

Smith said after the game that, so far, he has three summer visits lined up. He will travel to Austin on June 8 to take in Texas before hitting Alabama in mid-July. Later in July, he plans to make his way to Stanford.

As for his performance in Thursday's spring game, there was plenty to like.

First off, Smith has a huge frame at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds. Often you see long athletes show a little awkwardness while they're still young. That's not the case with Smith, who bends well as a run-game blocker, when he showed the ability to crack down on defensive ends or chase defensive backs in space on edge runs.

But Smith's true talent is in the passing game. The first-teamers did not get a lot of snaps Thursday, but Smith made the most of his. He made two catches over the middle in traffic and did so with impressive authority.

Smith does not wait on the ball; he goes to get it. His huge hands help. They allow him to pluck the ball out of the air and away from his body, letting him corral the ball before defenders get a chance to make a play on it. Keep in mind that he does this with defenders draped on him over the middle of the field. There's not much defenders can do if the ball is in his area. His frame and hands make it look like he's catching a softball instead of a football.

Perhaps most importantly, Smith looks natural doing all of this. He lined up with his hand on the ground as a true tight end, in the slot, and even out wide. Regardless of the situation, Smith always looked like he knew exactly what he was doing and did it with deftness.

Scout will continue to track Smith as he makes his summer visits to Texas, Alabama, and Stanford.

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