“Myself and coach Herman have a solid relationship,” Bryson Smith said. “Coach Warehime and I have a good relationship as well. Both are great coaches and know how to bring the best out of a player. If I were to go to Texas, I wouldn't be missing out on anything. As of right now, I would say Texas is second behind Houston. I would be foolish just to count them out, but I am a loyal person and don't see myself abandoning my brothers at UH UNLESS something horrific happens. I'm not going to stress about it, though. I’m a put it in God’s hands.”
Smith has gone under the radar on a national scene but has tremendous talent.
“My strengths as a player are that I'm very instinctive,” Smith said. “I hate losing more than I love winning. I always put my teammates before myself. I am capable of playing QB or WR at the collegiate level, but I prefer QB. Why? Because I feel like if the ball is in my hands, we have a chance. I can handle the pressure it brings.”
Smith finished a three-year varsity career at storied East Texas program John Tyler High School as one of the school's most decorated individual athletes. He gained 9,505 total yards of offense and was responsible for 104 total touchdowns. Smith threw for 5,853 yards -- almost all of which came in his junior and senior seasons as the starting quarterback -- along with 55 TD throws and 17 ints. Smith ran for 3,188 yards and a school-record 45 touchdowns while catching 21 passes for 464 yards and four TD's (all receiving stats as a sophomore).
2016: Smith led John Tyler to an 11-2 record and Texas Class 6A Division II third-round playoff appearance. He accounted for 4,930 yards of total offense and 55 total touchdowns. Smith threw for 3,277 yards, 32 TD's, and nine interceptions on a 61.1 completion percentage while rushing for 1,653 yards and 23 touchdowns on 9.2 yards per carry.
2015: As a junior, threw for 2,415 yards, 20 touchdowns, and six interceptions while completing 60 percent of his throws. He ran for 1,421 yards and 21 touchdowns on almost eight yards per carry.
2014: Smith had a solid varsity debut for John Tyler, which went 12-3 and reached the Texas Class 5A Division I state semifinals. Smith caught 21 passes for 464 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 114 yards and one touchdown. Smith completed 18 of 23 passes for 161 yards, three scores, and two interceptions.
Bryson Smith is the type of "athlete" prospect who could potentially play about five different positions at the college level. Smith started out as a receiver as a sophomore before moving to quarterback for his final two years of high school football. Smith is an explosive athlete who possesses both close-quarters elusiveness and top-end long speed. Great initial burst. Vertical leap measured as high as 39 inches and laser-timed on multiple occasions in the 4.52 to 4.59 range in the 40. Smith is quick and light on his feet, which enables him to dance around defenders and hurt defenses with multiple cutbacks on the same play. As a QB, Smith is a fairly accurate passer, especially on the deep ball, where he shows adequate arm strength and the ability to drop the ball right on top of receivers. Lacks ideal size and is still developing mechanically, but showed improved short-to-intermediate accuracy and a more consistent release point as a senior. Regardless of where he lines up on the field, Smith is an instinctive player with great quick-twitch athleticism and the knack for making the big play. - Gabe Brooks
Inside the Numbers
John Tyler High School
Position Rank No 39
Midland ATH Rank No 7
Texas ATH Rank No 7