Bryan Smith: 1st Team Pre-Season All-NJCAA

Hailing from Texas means that you play, eat, drink and sleep football. Tyler Junior College TE Bryan Smith (6-3, 245) did just that at Marble Falls High School in Texas as a senior, but the scholarship offers were not forthcoming. Not from within Texas or elsewhere. Now he's a pre-season NJCAA All-American.

"Baylor wanted to offer me, but they wanted me to play defensive end and I didn't want to do that, so they went with someone else," Smith told recently.  "It's alright though.  I'm happy I came to Tyler and it's worked out for the best."

Smith walked on to the Tyler football squad and redshirted his first year and followed that up with a solid performance during his second season, catching 15 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Now he's hearing from schools from all over who are hoping to use his 4.8 speed to stretch the deep middle of the opposition's secondary.

"Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Tulsa, Southern Mississippi, Purdue, Louisville, Utah, Kansas State, UTEP, Missouri and TCU have all send me stuff and asked for my film," Smith said.  "None of them have offered yet, but a couple of them said they were pretty close."

As far as what sets him apart from the other tight ends in the country, Smith didn't hesitate to point out some differences.

"I'm really athletic and I can catch the ball well," Smith said.  "Whether it's in a crowd or in the open field, I feel the ball is mine and I will go up and get it to help my QB out. 

"I'm also a smart player.  I know what I need to do in certain situations and I'll get it done whichever way I can."

Smith said he's open to anyone who wants to recruit him and plans to take his visits during the fall before he graduates in December.

He'll have two to play two wherever he ends up and he plans to major in International Business.


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