Junior report: Allen DE Chris Smith

IT takes a little break from our previous focus on athletes, DBs and WRs to hit on perhaps one of the state's top 25 players in the 2004 group of prospects, Allen DE/DT/DS Chris Smith.

Allen recently received a scholarship offer from Big 12 South division power Texas. He's also sportin' offers from A&M, Texas Tech, K-State and SMU.

And while he's currently being labeled a DE, his college position could very well end up being DT.

"He'll move to defensive tackle for us this year," coach Terry Gambill told IT. "He played DE and some TE this past season, but he'll be moving inside this year."

At 6-4, 250 pounds with a forty time of 4.7, Smith should be one of the quickest interior lineman in the state.

"He has a 300 bench, 450 squat, 305 power clean, 285 incline bench," said Gambill.

Vertical: 30"

10-yard shuttle: 4.3

Pro Agility 300-yd shuttle: 49 seconds (with a 47 second-mark as his best)

From a size/strength/speed package, Smith certainly looks the part on paper. When you consider he has a spring and summer to improve on his weight room numbers, not to mention another year of football as well as an additional off-season before he has to step foot on a college campus, Smith could be in the neighborhood of a 350-pound bench and 500-pound squat.

Not too shabby.

Strengths: "He's fast, I mean the kid can run," Gambill said. "I think his character and work habits also stand out. He's got a lot of the same characteristics and work habits as Neale Tweedie does, who is already at The University of Texas."

Accolades: Sophomore of the year, all-district DE as junior.

Specialties: Deep snapper.

Coach Gambill said he didn't bring the stats in, but would get those to us later. At any rate, the Horns jumped on this kid early and you'd have to think that he's one of the top DE's in the state. Mack and Co. did not satisfy DE depth in the ('03) class and could sign as many as 4-5 in this year's class.


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