Smith just looking for a shot, likes Baylor

In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Everman football team is rocking after a big win over Crowley. This season, the Bulldogs have had plenty of playmakers involved in their overall success. One of those is running back Ryan Smith. After five games, Smith has rushed for over 600 yards and is hearing from numerous colleges. We recently caught up with Smith to bring you this update…

As the season moves on many of the state's top players have made their pledges to college football programs. But there are still a large number of Texas athletes seeking that right fit. One of those in particular is Everman (TX) running back Ryan Smith.

Smith and his Bulldog teammates are riding high after a 42-14 win over rival Crowley this past weekend and have preserved an undefeated 5-0 record. 

"Crowley is our biggest rival of the year," Smith said. "They usually play us hard."

Either way, Everman came out on top. And while team success is important to Smith, earning a scholarship to college tops his list as well. He already holds a couple, but hopes for more.

"I have two offers. One from Buffalo and one from Northwestern State," Smith said. "I got a couple of letters from schools like LSU, Baylor, and SFA, but nothing verbal from any of these schools. It felt good when I got the offers because it is something I work hard for and is a blessing."

But Smith is hoping even more blessings will rain down as the season goes on. At the moment, he has rushed for 636 yards and five touchdowns. As for his offers, Buffalo came first and it seems as though he has a strong connection with the coaches.

Even more so, he said they treat him like one of their own.

"I talk to the coach at Buffalo about once a week," Smith said. "We talk about a lot of things, but they make me feel like I am already part of the team. The coach (Turner Gil) is from Fort Worth so he lets me know how things are in Buffalo you know the lifestyle.

"Right now I guess you can say they are No. 1."

The other schools he wants to visit this year are a little closer to home. But one has attention a little more than the rest.

"I want to visit a few schools around here, but I really want to go to Baylor," Smith said. "I am probably going to go up there with a teammate (Everman tight end Deantre Harlan) after the season is over."

Smith said that he has just completed the NCAA Clearinghouse, and looks for more schools to come his way. But when it really comes to the bottom line, Smith just wants what is best for him.

"I just want to go to school so that I can do better for myself," Smith said. "I want to get a degree and play football. Then, I can get a good job and do good things."


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