Another Smith at St. Paul's

Stephen Smith is one of several prospects from Covington-St. Paul's that has BCS offers under his belt.

Last year, the Smith twins (Stephon and Stephen) had St. Paul's opponents seeing double and now college recruiters are going after the pair of highly-talented junior prospects.  Stephon, a highly-regarded running back, and Stephen, a defensive back with blazing speed, helped lead the Wolves to a 10-2 season in 2009. 


Stephen, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback, picked off five passes last year and notched 45 tackles, despite missing the first few games of the season due to injury.


"I had a high-ankle sprain that happened on the Wednesday after the jamboree," said Smith, who - along with his brother - has an offer from Kansas State.  "I came down on my ankle wrong and I had to miss the first four games.  I came back (in Week Four) against Mandeville and did pretty good.  On my highlight tape, that's the game where I chased down those running backs from behind.  I think I had five solo tackles that night.  I had a bunch of pass deflections last year.  I should have had interceptions on some of them.  I picked off five passes total:  three against Destrehan and one against both Fontainebleau and Northshore.


What's it like to have a twin brother as a teammate? 


"I like it," Smith said of playing alongside his brother.  "Stephon is actually faster and stronger than me and having a twin brother helps me compete harder.  We plan on going to the same college to play football, but anything can happen.  Our mom doesn't want us to split up so she won't have to go back-and-forth to two schools."


Right now, each of the twins has an offer from Kansas State, while Stephon has also added an offer from Tulsa.  Stephen says that he is currently receiving letters from Tulsa, SMU, Tennessee, Auburn, and, of course, Kansas State.


"When we went to the Junior Day at Kansas State," Smith said, "we got to know the coaches really well.  Mike Smith, the wide receivers coach, reached out to us.  Kansas State is a great school.  We went to a basketball game and everyone treated us like we were already players there." 


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