Earlier this summer 2016 Lakewood High School cornerback Braden Smith received an offer from the University of Wyoming. The 5-11 180 pound corner has a skill set, that will, over time, transfer to the college level. Smith has long arms, allowing him, in college, to cover bigger receivers. Smith has very good ball skills; he closes fast and can make tackles in space. Key to getting on the field early is Smith’s ability to play special teams. On film Smith is one of the better special team’s players in Colorado using his quickness and ability to tackle in space on kickoff and punt coverage.
This summer Smith camped at Wyoming, Northern Colorado and Air Force, the Falcons and Bears are the schools, beyond the Cowboys, that are showing the most interest in Smith. Smith goes on to report that Colorado and Colorado State are currently not showing any interest in him. Smith says Air Force would like to offer, but he needs to raise his ACT to meet the strict academic standards at the Academy.
This off season Smith has worked hard to improve his game both to help his recruitment as well as his young Lakewood squad. Regarding his personal improvement Smith says, “I'd have to say I have focused on my footwork and getting stronger. But overall just getting more comfortable with my technique and just making the game slower for me.” Lakewood opens the season Fountain-Fort Carson and Smith knows, as one of the few returners, he has a great responsibility on his young team but he feels his Tigers can, “hold their own.”
Smith, with the Wyoming offer on the table, can concentrate on his senior year and with a game that translates to the next level, the versatile corner can expect more offers this upcoming season. Once in a college program look for Smith to initially contribute on special teams and eventually become a very good nickel back.