Centex Aims to Be a Complete TE

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Cedar Park tight end Beau Smith.

If it were up to Cedar Park tight end Beau Smith, the Timberwolves would have still been making their way through the Texas state playoffs. But as it turned out, Cedar Park made an early exit after falling 39-36 to Cypress Ridge in bi-district.

Now, as Smith looks back at his junior season, he takes a look at himself and his contributions to the team.

"I think that I did pretty good this year. I did not start too well, but I think I finished strong," Smith said. "I improved weekly, getting better as the season went on."

For the season, the 6-foot-5, 212-pound Smith was quite active in the offense, but not from a play-making position. As was stated by Smith and the statistics prove, Cedar Park was a primary running team.

For the year, Smith did catch a touchdown pass, but was mainly used as a blocking tight end.

"We did start throwing the ball some, but we ran to option a lot," Smith said. "Our quarterback led us in rushing and he was fast. We had some good play calling with the zone read and option. It was good for us because the option worked and forced defenses to have to cover us."

So Smith was in a situation where he was able to diversify his game play, which could prove to be an asset as he looks to be a top recruit for the class of 2011. And it seems like he already has an idea of what he needs to bring to the table for him to end up on a college roster.

"To be a solid tight end, you have to bring an unusual set of skills to be good," Smith said. "You need to be able to run like a running back, catch like a wide receiver and block like an offensive lineman. I think that I have all of those qualities."

And perhaps college coaches do as well.

Smith does not claim an offer for now, but said that schools like Duke, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas State, Houston and Notre Dame. This season he was also able to attend schools on unofficial visits.

"I went to see Baylor play against UCONN this season, and I also saw Notre Dame this year too," Smith said. "Kansas State and Louisville have invited to games, but I was not able to make them."

Smith said that he does plan to make a tour of schools this off-season for camps and visits, but has not decided where he will attend yet.


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