Lexington defensive tackle getting interest

Standing 6-foot-1, 295-pounds, Ryan Smith already has the size to be a defensive tackle at the next level. But it doesn't end there for the Henry Clay (Ky.) product. Smith also benches 345 pounds and squats 625 pounds. Top that off with his 29 inch vertical and you have an impressive athlete.

Standing 6-foot-1, 295-pounds, Ryan Smith already has the size to be a defensive tackle at the next level. But it doesn't end there for the Henry Clay (Ky.) product. Smith also benches 345 pounds and squats 625 pounds. Top that off with his 29 inch vertical and you have an impressive athlete.

"I use my hands very well," said Smith. "I'm pretty strong. My strength, explosiveness and quickness off the ball are my biggest strengths," said Smith. "I can always get faster off the ball. I want to improve my flexibility. I want to get better on my reads as a defensive lineman," Smith said.

As a junior, Smith had 54 tackles and 7 ½ sacks for a successful Henry Clay team. But he wants to build on that success. "I want to get bigger, stronger and faster," said Smith. "I'm working out five days a week. I'm going to camps. I just got back from the Football University in Frankfort. I got MVP," he said.

With the physical attributes that Smith possesses, he has received a lot of attention at this point. "I'm hearing from Kentucky, Louisville and Illinois," Smith said. Smith is also getting attention from Western Kentucky, Northwestern, Michigan State, West Virginia, Columbia, Virginia, Ohio State, Marshall, Miami University and Kansas State. While he doesn't hold any offers, he has taken a few visits.

"I attended Louisville's Junior Day. I also attend Western Kentucky's Junior Day. Several coaches have come by and visited this spring. Eastern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Marshall and Miami," continued Smith.

Smith talked a little about a couple of in-state schools he's interested in.

"I love Louisville's coaching staff. It's probably one of the best in the nation. Coach Strong knows a lot about the game. They have really nice facilities," he said.

And his hometown Wildcats? "I like coach Summers and coach Chuck Smith. They have nice facilities. The staff and the facilities are fantastic," continued Smith.

Smith is in no hurry to make his college decision at this point. "I would like to wait until after my senior season. I want to make sure I know where I want to go," he said.

Scout Kentucky Preps will continue to follow Smith over the next several months.


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